Yee Leng Vang
Adviser Fellow - Oakland Tech HS
Major: Anthropology – UC Berkeley, Class of 2015
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I was born and raised in Fresno, California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology. I come from a two parent households with eight siblings. I identify as a first generation college student and second generation Hmong American.
WHY I AM COMMITTED TO THIS WORK
My commitment and passion for this work stems from my background as a low-income student of color. I struggled navigating this system because at times, I didn't have the financial capabilities or institutional knowledge and faced plenty stereotypical/racist circumstances which made it difficult to navigate and keep up with other folks. I see this struggle being perpetuated and internalized in the younger folks that I've mentored, worked with, and even in my family. Although I won't be a solution right now to breaking these institutional systems that hinder my community and communities like mine to succeed, I can be part of a solution that is trying to.
I enjoy being active; I played volleyball and football for a good time and I wrestled when I was younger. I thoroughly enjoy hikes and sightseeing; I love nature. I can play the piano and I like Disney a little too much for my own good. At times, I do enjoy just sitting at home and watching movies and shows. I can not swim well and something that I really dislike would be the fruit, Durian.
WORDS THAT GUIDE ME
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius