Meet Our Team

Dejan Perez

Dejan Perez

AANAPISI Grant Manager

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers (What's this?)
Email: dejan.perez@seattlecolleges.com
Phone: (206)-934-3452

Dejan is a proud educator of Native Hawaiian, Okinawan, Puerto Rican, Swedish, and Portuguese descent originally from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi. She holds a BA in English and Women's and Gender Studies from Pacific Lutheran University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Dejan oversees all AANAPISI grant program activities. Her background in Pacific Islands Studies, Gender Studies, and her personal experiences as a first-generation college student to help inform her work with students. Her work is largely guided by Indigenous ways of knowing and methodologies. Prior to North, she helped implement improvement strategies to increase student belonging and success in higher education departments such as Residential Life, Diversity Center, and Gender Equity Center.

Talk to her about adding Pacific Studies to your papers/syllabus, adding lunar calendars to your wellness routines, the bon dance song that reminds her of her grandmother, and karaoke sessions in the hallways.


Jordan

Jordan Veniegas, MSW

AANAPISI Navigator

Pronouns: He, Him, His (What's this?)
Email: jordan.veniegas@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: (206)-936-3914

Jordan Veniegas is a Native Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, and Portuguese cisgender male who was born and raised on the island of O’ahu. He holds a master's degree in Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in Child and Family from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi at West O’ahu, and an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Leeward Community College.

While residing in Hawai’i, Jordan interned at local nonprofit organizations, such as Family Promise of Hawai’i (FPH) and Child and Family Services (CFS). As a graduate intern, he supported Hawai’i’s families who were furthest from economic justice and co-facilitated interpersonal violence (IPV) groups for mandated male identified individuals. After obtaining his MSW, Jordan humbly stepped into his role as an Independent Living and Imua kākou Case Manager (IK CM). As an IK CM, Jordan had the privilege to work alongside and support Hawai’i’s foster youth and former foster youth as they navigated through young adulthood and challenges relating to houselessness, behavioral mental health, financial instability, interpersonal violence, substance use, trauma, and relational strain. While also recognizing their innate strengths, resilience, and hopes/dreams.   

Jordan is a proud indigenous social worker who is passionate about decolonizing systems of oppression and advocating for LGBTQ2IA+ rights and visibility. As an A&PI community member, he recognizes the liberating force of higher education while also acknowledging the numerous and unique challenges that too many Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students continue to experience throughout their academic voyage. With intention, he hopes to continue his efforts to uplift, empower, mitigate, and celebrate A&PI students at North Seattle College as they continue to strive towards (and achieve) their educational, career, and life aspirations. Jordan looks forward to listening, learning, discovering, honoring, creating, reclaiming, and building community with you all!


Alex MatlockAlex Matlock

AANAPISI Graduate Intern
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Alex has lived in Washington state since 2004 and has called Seattle my home since 2018. Currently, Alex is a first-year fulltime Master of Social Work (MSW) candidate at the University of Washington. His program focus is Community Integrative Practice and he loves working with diverse groups of peoples and communities. He says he’s super stoked to be part of AANAPISI’s amazing team and uplift  AANAPI students’ voices and bring a sense of wonderful community to NSC. You’ll see Alex around the office, at campus events, and during our awesome focus groups. In his free time not working or studying, he loves to go to the movies, watch Anime, play boardgames/video games, and hike around the PNW. He can’t wait to get to know you all when you come by the office!


Gia Tran Gia Tran

AANAPISI Peer Mentor
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers (What's this?)
Major: Environmental Sustainability

What is your favorite thing about North Seattle College?

North's community is exceptionally supportive with many resources available. The conscious efforts to aid students show up into the college itself in various ways, and that is my favorite part. 


Munkhtuya Vandan

Munkhtuya Vandan

AANAPISI Peer Mentor
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers (What's this?)
Major: Computer Science

Why are you a peer mentor?

I like being a peer mentor with AANAPISI because working with AANAPISI I have learned to do multiple tasks step by step under the supervisor’s guidance. Also, I gained a lot of experience working with the school’s employees and students. Working with AANAPISI, I felt that many unknown things become known, such helps AANAPISI support student to succeed. I am proud of myself for being part of AANAPISI.