Dorothy Yan graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, and also received her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from UTSA in 2012. During her time on campus, Dorothy served for four years as a small group leader in the university’s Chi Alpha ministry. She is currently a piano instructor at Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, and an adjunct professor of music at UTSA. In addition, Dorothy is now a Chi Alpha Missionary Associate working with graduating students and alumni. When not busy, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends. Dorothy shares her heart for ministering to those making the transition to the marketplace:
Describe the impact Chi Alpha had on you as a student.
I joined Chi Alpha as a grad student, so discovering and getting to be a part this rich fellowship of Christians fighting together for our college campus was a breath of fresh air from trying to do it alone in my undergrad years. Not only is there power in having a community to invite people into, but there’s also an acute sense of accountability to keep the mission fresh and constantly being challenged to action steps to fulfill the call to reconcile students to Christ.
Do you see similarities between teaching music and the discipleship process modeled in Chi Alpha?
Yes, for sure! As disciplers, we fight to have real vision for people and where they are headed. We do our best to represent Christ well so that the people we are investing in will have a personal relationship with Him that defines who they are and not necessarily what they do. It’s the same way in teaching; it goes beyond the subject matter. Good teachers teach to the potential of the student in order to equip them with the tools to continue growing in both character and knowledge. As a Christian in the teaching field, we get the incredible privilege to impact attitudes and ideas of the next generation in a very personal and direct way. Stewarding this responsibility well is a high calling and a great honor.
What are some exciting things that you’re witnessing in the lives of the alumni you are working with?
Seeing them develop that same burden they had in college now being transferred into their workplaces, churches and places of influence is really exciting! What God does in you, He wants to through you and that still rings true even if your circumstances change. It takes developing strong personal convictions, willingness to embrace responsibility, and tenacity to continue the fight. Getting to see these alumni navigate well through the highs and lows of the transition is a real testament to the authenticity of what the Lord did in their hearts and lives through Chi Alpha.
Describe your vision for the alumni of Chi Alpha both at UTSA and beyond.
My hope is to see the foundation that was laid in Chi Alpha become a launching pad for alumni to walk with Jesus for the rest of their lives. I would love to see people fight for a deeper personal relationship with Jesus in order to transform the marketplace for God’s Kingdom, commit to and serve a local church, and continue to make disciples.