About Dr. So

A sociology professor at the University of New Mexico–Valencia Campus, Dr. Julia Wai-Yin So also serves on the faculty of the Certified Diversity Meeting Professionals Program of the International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals.  She has been teaching/writing on diversity & inclusiveness, leadership & change, and Asian & Latino cultures since 1995.  With decades of international experience working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds while living in Hong Kong, Japan and Ecuador, she is an expert on UNRAVELling the Three Cs to debunk certain cultural communication codes that one uses or presenting the Asian/Latino Parallels about the similarities of the two fastest growing racial/ethnic minority groups in the US.  In addition to other cultural proficiency training such us “Understanding the LGBTQI Community” or “Interacting with People with Disabilities,” Dr. So  also provides services on culture coaching,  mediation relating to cultural misunderstanding, and D&I program evaluation.  Some of her clients include the Stryker Corporation, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Department of Defense-Logistics Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, the City of Dallas, the City of Tallahassee, the University of North Dakota.

While living in Dallas Texas, Dr. So had successfully managed a $30-million scholarship program for the Dallas County Community College District.  A compassionate volunteer, she is Past Board Chair of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Past President of North Texas Chapter of the Texas Diversity Council, and Past President of the New Mexico Chapter of the National Speakers Association. Some of her accolades include National Institutional Excellence Award of the National Organization of Chinese Americans, Distinguished Alumna Award of the Tarrant County College, Power of One Award of the Dallas Human Resource Management Association, and Diversity Leadership Award of the Texas Diversity Council.

A graduate of Leadership Dallas and Leadership America, Dr. So received her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.   Dr. So presently serves on the executive board of the FBI Albuquerque Citizens Academy Alumni Association and is Vice-President of the National Diversity Council.


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