Fielding alumna June Klein recipient of 2012 Asian American Hero Award
This award program was conceived by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss in 2001 to recognize outstanding Asian Americans for their remarkable commitment to leadership, health and human services, the arts, education, and community spirit in Santa Clara County.
Each year a call for nominations from the community provides responses from which Kniss and her office select honorees. Categories of recognition are arts, education, team/family, health and human services, leadership, and organization/agency. The criteria for consideration of an award include demonstrating a commitment in the selected category, inspiring others to believe they can make a difference, engaging community members, and bridging differences among communities. Past honorees have included CEO’s, civic leaders who are now in elected office, educators from our local colleges and universities, and everyday heroes who volunteer or go the extra mile in their service.
This year, 16 community leaders and organizations will be honored in the 12th and final year of this event, including a special accommodation for work related to Domestic Violence. The Annual Asian American Heroes Awards ceremony, conceived in 2001, has honored over 120 community leaders and organizations for their remarkable commitment within Santa Clara County, creating a stream of positive role modeling.
As Supervisor Kniss’s third and final term comes to an end due to term limits, the legacy of the Asian American Heroes Awards ceremony “has created a tremendous connection to the community for me, and has also served to facilitate collaboration amongst the Asian-American community, which then spills over into the entire County.”
Rick Stern, an extremely well-known community member in Palo Alto, will be introducing June at the award luncheon today. Rick is a Tall Tree award winner, Past Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis, YMCA Association Board member and lead the campaign at the Palo Alto YMCA for many years when June served as major gifts chair.
June's dissertation at Fielding Graduate University was titled "Cultural Intelligence of Students in an Undergraduate Multicultural Studies Course." June is currently employed as vice-president for Business Affairs and chief financial officer at Palo Alto University and is a member of the on the Fielding Alumni Council.