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Mia P. Manansala

Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and certified book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She is the author of the multi-award-winning Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series, and uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.

Amie Baumeister

Amie is a two time alumna of the University of Illinois, having earned a B.A. in English as well as a M.Ed in Diversity & Equity in Education. She currently works as the Assistant Director of Gender Equity at the Women's Resources Center leading our efforts to explore gender equity across all its many intersections and support the leadership of students of all genders as they work to improve campus climate and promote gender justice worldwide.

Christina Carpio

Christina Carpio is the Associate Director at Northern Illinois University’s Asian American Resource Center. She earned a M.S.Ed. in adult and higher education and a B.S. in public health from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining NIU's Asian American Resource Center, Christina served as a Post-Secondary Success Coach with Elgin Community College's Trio Talent Search program guiding first generation students towards achieving their goal of going to college. She also worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Asian American Cultural Center creating student-centered programs focused on diversity, cultural & social justice education. Her passion lies in helping students navigate through their college journey. Christina is a second-generation Filipina American, born in Chicago and raised in Skokie, Illinois.