Melanie Nomiya, B.A. ’20

Melanie Nomiya is a junior at UCLA majoring in International Development Studies and double minoring in Education Studies and Asian American Studies. She hopes that her education and experiences at UCLA will guide her toward a career in teaching and non-profit work in the Asian American community. Throughout Melanie’s undergraduate career, she has been actively involved in InterVarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship as a small group Bible study leader and participated in the Chicago Urban Project to engage with topics involving racial reconciliation and systemic injustice in a Christian lens. Melanie also continues to be involved in the Red Cross Leadership Development Camp as camp staff, as well as serving as a youth counselor for Kizuna’s Youth CAN. Throughout her sophomore year of college, Melanie served as an AmeriCorps member for Jumpstart at Bessie Pregerson Child Care Center where she read books to preschool students and promoted literacy through interactive activities.

In 2016, Melanie was chosen to be a student ambassador for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Kakehashi Project–a week-long trip to Japan aimed at promoting US-Japan relations and the Nikkei identity. Melanie will continue her experiences abroad this summer as she studies at Yonsei University in South Korea. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography and videography, and hopes to grow in her passion for creative content and media.