Asian Faculty Association (AFA)

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The number of Asian faculty is steadily growing at CWRU. Representing many distinct ethnic and cultural backgrounds, they enrich the university with their diverse perspectives. Their contributions are of tremendous value to the CWRU and Cleveland communities.

On the other hand, Asian faculty members also face particular needs and challenges in their career development and growth. This concern was highlighted by a CWRU-wide faculty satisfaction survey. The data indicate that Asian faculty holds strong reservations and concerns for career advancement and promotion within CWRU. The Asian Faculty Association (AFA) was formed as an organization for faculty members to help each other and the institution leadership to address some of these needs and concerns.

The CWRU AFA is deeply concerned with the current climate of anti-Asian hate and racial profiling. The AFA stands in solidarity to join/support our communities to fight against anti-Asian hate ( 


Mission statement

The mission of AFA is to provide a formal networking platform for Asian faculty to foster their growth –personal and professional. The AFA will also serve as the voice to represent and advocate for its members; and to increase the awareness of issues specific to the Asian faculty community.

Executive Committee (2023-2024):

Xiong (Bill) Yu


School of Engineering,

Zhenghe (John) Wang 

Immediate Past President

School of Medicine,

Benjamin Li 

Past President

School of Medicine, MHS,

Man-Sun Sy 

Founding President

School of Medicine,

Anna Samia

Vice President

College of Arts and Sciences,

Weihong Guo


College of Arts and Sciences,
Sanjay Gupta  School of Medicine, VA,
Guiming Liu  School of Medicine, MHS,
Amy Zhang School of Nursing,
Shigemi Matsuyama School of Medicine,
Bingcheng Wang  School of Medicine,
Tsan Sam Xiao  School of Medicine,
Lihong Shi College of Arts and Sciences,
Raymond Ku School of Law,
Russell Wang School of Dental Medicine,

Advisory Committee:

Nathan Berger, MD
Charis Eng, MD, PhD
Stan Gerson, MD
Mukesh Jain, MD