Asian Faculty & Staff

We are the Asian Faculty and Staff (AFS) affinity group at Northeastern University (NU). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an alarming increase of anti-Asian racism, xenophobia, and isolation. Therefore, we created AFS as a way to provide a collective space for Asian faculty and staff at NU to connect, build, and empower themselves and one another.

Our mission and vision include facilitating opportunities for affirming, nurturing, and celebrating lived experiences of Asian faculty and staff; to boost visibility and recognition of Asian faculty and staff; to create a network of Asian faculty and staff, and to stand in coalition with other identity-based affinity groups on campus and strive together to make NU an inclusive academic institution.

This year, we are working on increasing our networking and outreach efforts to connect more people interested in being part of AFS and to support one another on campus.

For any questions and/ or to learn more, please contact Matt Lee at

Past Events

2023-04-20 End-of-Semester Celebration with Cupcakes
2023-03.15 Spring 2023 networking lunch
2023-02-08 AFS Networking Event and Lantern Festival Celebration
2022-11-15 Fall Networking Lunch at Symphony Sushi
2022-03-31 Honoring Atlanta Victims and Uplifting APIDA Voices Amidst Anti-Asian Violence:
2021-03-03 Anti-Asian Violence Community Healing Space for Asian American faculty, staff, and students:

Steering Committee of the Asian Faculty Staff Group

Matt Lee
Matt Lee
Teaching Professor, Human Services Program
Role in affinity group: Programming Chair
John Choi
John Choi
Vice Chair, Asian Faculty Staff Group
Rachel Moo
Director of Asian American Center
Role in affinity group: Recruitment and Partnerships Chair
Ayan Paul
Ayan Paul
Marina Watanabe
Marina Watanabe