Heidi Kim, NCAAT Board Chair
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill
Professor Heidi Kim’s research and teaching ranges through nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and Asian American studies. Her monograph Invisible Subjects: Asian Americans in Postwar Literature (Oxford UP, 2016) resituates the work of Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and the Melville Revival critics through recent advances in Asian American studies and historiography. Her next book extends this focus on the Cold War to the writing of and about Chinese Americans, who were dogged by the stigma of illegal immigration and paranoia about Communist infiltration. She also researches and educates extensively on the literature and history of the Japanese American incarceration, including publishing “Taken from the Paradise Isle” (UP Colorado, 2015). As the chair of diversity and inclusion initiatives in her department, she has pioneered a number of studies and programs to better serve undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at UNC. Heidi is also serves in a number of academic organizations, including the Modern Language Association and the Association for Asian American Studies.
Inderdeep Chatrath, NCAAT Board Vice Chair
Assistant Vice President, Duke University Office for Institutional Equity
Inderdeep Chatrath is the assistant vice president of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Programs in the Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University and Duke University Health System. She is responsible for designing studies, compiling and reporting institutional data pursuant to federal regulations, and coordinating research and evaluation studies to identify progress and trends. During her tenure at Duke, Dr. Chatrath has been responsible for institutional research functions, and has managed programs for harassment prevention, diversity and disability management.
Dr. Chatrath is a member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) and is actively involved in evaluating, developing, and teaching courses for the AAAED Professional Development and Training Institute. Dr. Chatrath holds leadership roles in a Consortium of Ivy League and Select Universities; the Federal Diversity Institute; the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners; and the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations of the US Census Bureau.
Dr. Chatrath was awarded the 2017 Triangle Industry Liaison Group EEO/AA Practitioner Award that recognizes the accomplishments of an individual for their leadership, contributions and commitment to promoting equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment.
Roxane Richir, NCAAT Board Secretary/Treasurer
Deputy Director of Field for Blueprint NC
Roxane Richir serves as the Deputy Director of Field for Blueprint NC. In her role, Roxane assists partner organizations in identifying opportunities for reaching their goals through civic engagement and direct voter contact. Roxane conducts and assists in evaluation programming, focusing on increasing civic participation.
For over 10 years, Roxane has worked in the nonprofit field with a focus on grassroots capacity and civic engagement. While based in Tampa, Roxane worked on several successful financial justice projects. In North Carolina, Roxane managed an effort which resulted in a national management community reforming their harmful rental and utility policies. Roxane graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Social Work.
Sandhya Bathija, NCAAT Board member
Chief Communications Officer, Campaign Legal Center
Sandhya, trained as a lawyer and a journalist, has an extensive background in nonprofit communications, advocacy and political and grassroots communications and campaigns. Most recently, Sandhya developed and implemented an integrated press and digital communications vision for Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.
Sandhya has also served as the campaign manager for Legal Progress, the legal policy project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where she monitored federal policy, led a grassroots campaign on the federal courts.
Sandhya has led media and communications campaigns for the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She has also worked as a reporter for The National Law Journal and practiced law for a small civil rights firm in Detroit, Michigan, where she represented clients in police misconduct cases.
Juliana Cabrales, NCAAT Board member
Mid-Atlantic Director, NALEO Educational Fund
Juliana Cabrales is Mid-Atlantic Director of Civic Engagement with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In this capacity, Juliana promotes the organization’s civic engagement campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region and North Carolina while providing programmatic support to national civic engagement efforts.
Juliana was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia and since arriving in the United States has lived mostly in the Southeast. Since joining the non-profit sector, Juliana has worked with the Latino community in different capacities. Prior to joining NALEO Educational Fund, Juliana served as Latino Outreach Coordinator with the NC Victim Assistance Network. Juliana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA and an Associate in Applied Science from Parsons The New School of Design in New York, NY.
Chris Kromm, NCAAT Board member
Executive Director, Institute for Southern Studies
From 1997 to 2000, Chris was the editor of Southern Exposure magazine, the Institute for Southern Studies’s award-winning journal of politics and culture. He was appointed executive director in 2000. He is also publisher of Facing South, the Institute’s online magazine.
A frequently-sought commentator on Southern politics and current issues, Chris has appeared on over 300 TV and radio broadcasts including American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” CNN “Live,” C-SPAN, Democracy Now, KCRW California’s “To the Point,” Mississippi Public Radio, MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Pacifica Radio, WUNC’s “The State of Things” and Sirius XM Radio.
Under Chris’s leadership, the Institute for Southern Studies has been recognized with several prestigious honors and awards, including the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, a North Carolina Justice Center Defenders of Justice Award for Policy Research and Advocacy, a Harry Chapin Media Award for coverage of poverty issues, an Investigative Reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association and honors from the National Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists and the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Cyndy Yu Robinson, NCAAT Board member
Executive Director, National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)
As NAAAP’s Executive Director, Cyndy Yu-Robinson supports and coordinates the actions of NAAAP’s 30 chapters, 600+ volunteer leaders in areas of business development, programs, communication and administrative efficiency.
Cyndy has worked for 25 years in communication, public affairs and public engagement. Her passions include environmental sustainability, community service and philanthropy and sports and fitness. Cyndy worked as a public information officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 18 years (and as the Asian Special Emphasis Program Manager for 9 of those years), as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Lenovo for 1 year and as a public involvement specialist with AECOM for 9 years.
Her service to the Asian community includes being a volunteer at the Asian Women’s Center in San Francisco, an officer of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society in North Carolina and project director for Census 2010 Outreach to Asians and Pacific Islanders in North Carolina.