Meet the Movement Team

Kay Fischer
Kay Fischer
Instructor and Department Chair
Department: Ethnic Studies
phone 510.723.7608
Kay Fischer is the chair of the Ethnic Studies department, Curriculum Committee representative for the Social Sciences division, and adviser for the Stay Woke Collective student club. For more information about the Ethnic Studies program, check out: ​

Michael Lai
Michael Lai
Department: Counseling
phone 510.723.6779
I am the Counselor/Coordinator for Change It Now (CIN), the Social Justice program and MOVEMENT, the Asian and Pacific Islander student learning community at Chabot College. Change It Now (CIN): MOVEMENT: I am a first generation college student and my own college career started at the community colleges. I owe all my college and career success to those few years I spent at community colleges. I truly trust this college and process from both a personal and profession level and I look forward to working with you as you work toward your educational and career goals. Favorite quote: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" -Lao Tzu

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Samantha Rajaram
Department: English
phone 650.-54.9-44
I grew up in Gillette, WY and moved to the Bay Area for middle school and high school (CVHS). I have a B.A. in English from UCLA, an M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from UC Hastings. I previously worked as a lawyer, where I represented school districts, farm workers, public benefits recipients, and domestic violence survivors. I love learning from my students and witnessing their courage and transformation through the act of reading and writing. I teach mostly writers of color and LGBTQ+ writers, with a focus on Asian-American literature. I'm thrilled to be an API Movement instructor. My short fiction and essays have been published in India Currents, WIRO, and Catamaran, and my debut novel The Company Daughters was a Goldie award winner and Bi Book Award finalist. I also mentor other writers through the Pitch Wars program. For fun, I love to practice yoga, play guitar, and hike around with my three teenagers.