Programs and Special Initiatives Coordinator, AAPI Data
Whitney Hadiwono Ibarra (She/her/hers) serves as the Internship and Community Partnership Coordinator at AAPI Data. She has brought diverse experience to her role, including higher education, administrative, special events, research, and program development. After working for a few years, she was drawn back to higher education and earned her M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California.
Prior to AAPI Data, Whitney worked at USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as a Student Services Advisor, where she grew their undergraduate pharmaceutical program and developed new programming that are still in place today.
As a first-generation, Chinese-Indonesian American woman, Whitney has prioritized the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community in the work that she does., including a research with USC’s Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) on Southeast Asian American students’ sense of belonging at a private, predominately white, four-year institution. Her research led to the Southeast Asian Initiative, where there is specialized programming for this community. Whitney also serves as the NASPA Asian Pacific Islanders Knowledge Community (APIKC) Region VI Representative, where she oversees a committee to create programming and resources for API-identifying professionals in higher education. Her various experience with the AANHPI community provides her insight and knowledge that led her to AAPI Data.
Whitney has a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the USC Rossier School of Education. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with dual concentration in Marketing and General Management from California State University, Fullerton.