Jade Hoyer

Interviewer: What is your full name and pronouns?

Jade Hoyer: My name is Jade Hoyer, I am a assistant professor of Art in the department of Art and Art History and I use She/Her pronouns.

INT: In what ways do you actively engage with and celebrate AAPI culture on campus?

JH: I think for me the beauty of being an artist and a teacher of the arts is that the arts offer a means of engagement in anything you are thinking of which can be a means of engagement in also cultural heritage. So in my own work, in my own research as an artist, I am currently a practitioner fellow through Brown University Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, which means that I am doing research about the U.S. Archive; taking a visit to the U.S. national archives outside Washington, D.C. and inspecting photo archives of nursing programs that were established during U.S. colonial rule, and so sort of unpacking like what is the legacy of this tradition.

And I think that extends to how I think about being a teacher, that as a teacher of the arts that students have the experience and opportunity to explore their cultural heritage within the classroom and within an artistic framework. And I think that as far as AAPI culture goes, like it is a personal joy and privilege to be able to connect with students who might be interested in exploring that in their coursework too. And so I think about students who have used their studio classes as a means of situating themselves in that context.

Part 2 to that is that I think that culturally I also feel like that I enjoy being able to connect with the border BIPOC community on campus. As someone who identifies as a person of color, I think it is really wonderful to witness that presence of that diversity on campus. When I was a student here, I am a Carleton alum I graduated in 2007, and I had three faculty members who were people of color in my entire college experience. And so to now be on a campus where 30% of our faculty are BIPOC identifying, and 30% of our student body, means so much to me particularly as an alum.

I enjoy going to OIL events. I enjoy finding community with those broader groups and particularly other APIDA [Asian Pacific Islander Desi American] aligned individuals. I think one thing that is a source of joy for me on campus is that there is a group of us that have a convening that we call HAPA [term for people of part Asian descent] hour. It is an organization for us of mixed Asian descent which includes myself, and Sonja Anderson in the religion department, and Lin Winton who is the director of the Quantitative Resource center, and Danielle Trajano who is in the CCCE center. And I think being able to find community around that aspect of our shared Asian and multiracial identity has been gratifying.