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Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Network

Welcome to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Network

Keonghee Tao Han, PhD.
Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education
College of Education, University of Wyoming


My name is Tao Han and I am the Team Leader for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Network. I teach courses that focus on Diversity in Education, Diversity and Politics of Schooling and Disciplinary Literacy at the University of Wyoming. I currently serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Literacy Research and provide further leadership for the Literacy Research Association as a co-chair for Critical Race Theory Group. I examine issues of social, racial justice for ALL people as such my research can be located in journals such as Race, Ethnicity and Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, The Urban Review, and Urban Education on topics of social justice in teacher education, counter narratives of faculty of color, and racial literacy in predominantly White university and classrooms in rural settings.


Lena Newlin
Assistant Director Wellness Center
Campus Recreation

Hello!  I am a fourth generation Japanese American, a fourth generation Wyomingite, and a descendent of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII at Heart Mountain in northern Wyoming.  I have worked at UW since 2005 and currently oversee the UW Wellness Center within Half Acre Recreation.  My academic and professional background is in Public Health, but one of my hobbies is creative writing and I am writing about my biracial identity and my family history.  The anti-Asian hate and violence recently has caused an awakening in me to feel more connected to other Asian Americans.  I believe we may share similar questions and experiences.   We have voices that need to be heard; we have faces that need to be seen; we have stories that need to be told; and we are not alone.  My vision for this group is that it is an opportunity for us to learn from each other, support each other, and have fun together.  Please join us in solidarity.

2020 Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues:

We hope this message finds you well. Blossom and I are looking to kick off the beginning of the academic year with a virtual first meeting of the Asian and Pacific Islanders E-Nets, affinity group.  We hope we can continue conversations and cement relationships from last year.  Hopefully, the spirit of the Harvest celebrations we have enjoyed in our homelands will move us!  In any case, this is a great time of the year to reconnect and otherwise be of support to each other at a very challenging and unprecedented time.  Please join us first on Thursday, October 15th at 4:00 pm (Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 pm during this Fall semester; and the third Thursday of the month while University of Wyoming is in session. Please be advised that we will adhere to UW regulations—whether to meet in person or virtually in Spring 2021). We will use a (recurring) Zoom link. Please contact either of us to receive this Zoom Link.


K. Tao Han and Blossom Lumley

Information about the Employee Network

My personal mission is to provide organizational leadership for this group. I see leading this group as advancing my personal and professional concerns for social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Particularly I intend to propose goals and a mission that will give the group some structure to co-construct positive meanings as faculty and staff of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage working at a predominantly white institution.

Proposed Goals and Mission for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Network:

This Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Network, initiated with the support of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will be an open and welcoming group that will encourage a variety of interactions and conditions critical to the sustainability of our entire academic community. Among those interactions conditions may be:

  • To encourage positive interactions among Asian American and Pacific Islanders at the university 

  • To promote a sense of identity and group membership

  • To promote interactions between Asian Americans and Pacific Islander faculty and staff

  • To recognize and to foster conversations that are relevant to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

  • To encourage interactions between university employee networks

  • To increase awareness of resources within and beyond the university that could support and sustain the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Network

  • As a group, contribute to an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion across the university community






Tao Han Headshot - Employee Network Team Leader





Lena Newlin headshot


Upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander E-Net Events

Zoom Bingo

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Via Zoom

Please RSVP to Blossom Lumley (

Zoom Bingo Invitation


Halloween Happy Hour

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Via Zoom

Please RSVP to Tao Han by October 13th

 Halloween Happy Hour Invitation



Previous Event:

March Asian American and Pacific Islander Social

March 25, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Coe Library 506

E-Net Event Flyer




Contact Us

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Old Main 408

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6672


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