Past Event

Columbia University Asian Faculty Association Leadership Series: Breaking Through the Bamboo Ceiling

October 30, 2021
1:30 AM - 3:00 AM
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Time: October 30, 1:30AM (Beijing) | October 29, 1:30PM (New York)

Asian Americans have achieved considerable success in the United States, yet appear to be disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions in the U.S. This phenomenon reveals the invisible barriers that impede Asian Americans from career advancement and opportunities.

Please join us for the inaugural webinar of Columbia University Asian Faculty Association (CUAFA)'s leadership series, "Breaking Through the Bamboo Ceiling: Asian Americans as Leaders in U.S. Academia", to understand the scope and root causes of this problem. Esteemed scholars from Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Washington, and the Forsyth Institute will share their own experiences, what they have learned from their career paths, and explore ways Asian Americans can take to overcome challenges in the workplace.

The event is sponsored and supported by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at Columbia University, Li Lu Humanitarian Foundation, the Office of Faculty Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia Engineering.


Hosted by

Yiping W. Han, CUAFA President-Elect; Professor of Microbial Sciences in Dental Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Welcome by

X. Edward Guo, CUAFA President; Chair and Stanley Dicker Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia Engineering; Faculty Advisory Committee member, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing


Remarks by

Dennis A. Mitchell, Executive Vice President for University Life and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Columbia University; Professor of Dental Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Anne L. Taylor, John Lindenbaum Professor of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Career Development, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons



Renée Cheng, Dean of College of Built Environments, University of Washington

Michael Morris, Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership, Columbia Business School

Wenyuan Shi, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, Forsyth Institute

Augustine M.K. Choi, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine; Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University

Jeannette Wing, Executive Vice President for Research, Columbia University




About Columbia University Asian Faculty Association

Columbia University Asian Faculty Association consists of faculty of Asian heritage and allies of Columbia University in the City of New York, with the mission to support, promote, and advocate for the achievement and advancement of its members. The mission of the Association includes the following objectives:

  • to advocate for its members as a representative body for the benefit of Columbia University and the community at large;
  • to foster intellectual and professional interaction among its members;
  • to provide a support network and promote the career and leadership advancement of its members at Columbia University;
  • to promote academic and cultural exchange between Columbia University and other institutions and organizations domestically and internationally.