Sichen joined the Haas Center in 2016. She advises students as they begin or deepen their public service commitments, and she is also part of the outreach team, emphasizing public service at Stanford through Cardinal Service.
Sichen was born in Mexico and she immigrated to the U.S. when she was three years old. She was raised in Ontario, California. Following high school, she attended Chaffey College, where she earned an AA degree. At Chaffey College, Sichen was one of the founding members of Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success (IDEAS), an organization that provides mentorship to undocumented students. Upon completion of her AA degree, Sichen transferred to Pomona College, where she majored in Psychology. While at Pomona, Sichen was part of the initial Sage Fellows cohort, a program designed to provide peer to peer academic support.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Sichen worked at Pomona College in the Dean of Students Office, where she coordinated and re-envisioned the Sage Fellows program in order to better identify the needs of first-year students and equip them for academic success. Her previous experience also includes working at Esperanza Scholarship Foundation, an organization that prioritizes the academic achievement of first generation college students from marginalized communities. While at Esperanza, Sichen created an internship program that enables local college students to work within their communities as they pursue their college dreams.
As Sichen seeks to foster student growth, she consistently reflects on her personal trajectory and her approach to advising and outreach is influenced by her own experiences as a first generation college student. Her future plans include attending graduate school and completing her doctoral degree. Her research will continue focusing on the intersection of documentation status, education access, and higher education policy.
When Sichen is not advising students or engaging them in conversations about Cardinal Service, she is likely engaging in public service herself. Her service includes facilitating workshops on DACA and the Dream Act to undocumented students, their parents, and educators. Because she is determined to help address issues of education equity and access at all levels, she also actively supports students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds through the college application and transfer process.
For fun, Sichen enjoys taking selfies, dancing, laughing, and watching 90s television.