Science Learning Institute
Sophia Kim, Director
Sophia joined Foothill College in April 2020 from Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service, where she was the High School Program Director, leading the High School Support Initiative, whose goal was addressing education inequity in local communities through tutoring and mentoring high school students.
Sophia is a transplant from Boston, where she spent almost 15 years working in the nonprofit youth work space, directing programs that primarily served Asian American youth from immigrant and low-income backgrounds, building youth leadership and supporting youth to effect positive change in their communities.
Sophia also has a commitment to anti-oppression education and change work through initiatives to develop anti-racism trainings, activist trainings for young adults, and most recently serving as the chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee at the Haas Center.
Sophia has a bachelor's degree from Williams College, where she double-majored in biology and history, and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, with a focus on multicultural education at the secondary level.
Sophia spends her free time with her husband and young son, riding their bikes, exploring farmer's markets, hiking, and trying to be outdoors as much as possible. She loves cooking and baking for family and friends, and exploring new places with her family.
Saee Nasikkar, Clerical Assistant
Saee is a second-year Biology student at Foothill College. She plans to transfer to a UC as a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major for Fall 2021. She has been working as a clerical assistant with SLI since fall 2020, providing administrative support and bringing a student voice to SLI. She will be working with the STEM Outreach team to bring resources to aid prospective and current students of the STEM community.
Saee graduated from Los Altos High School and currently also serves as the vice president of Foothill American Chemical Society, and in her free time, she likes reading and crafting.
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