My name is Pa Vang. I was born and raised in Michigan. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and minored in graphic design and entrepreneurship & innovations at Michigan State University. Currently, I am studying Information Architecture and Knowledge Management at Kent State University. I serve as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) in the Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps.

I am a first generation college student and am 1 out of 11 children. My parents immigrated from Thailand after seeking refuge there from Laos during the Secret War. While in the refugee camp, my father was a math teacher and always taught use that the hardest part about education is k-12th, implying that college was easier than primary school. His hard work and passion for education, has taught me to focus and never give up. Now, I believe that higher education is an important factor to success. However, from personal experience, attending post-secondary education is not what makes someone successful, but rather the events that unfold and how we approach them.

I speak English, Hmong, and Thai (elementary). My hobbies include scrapbooking, polymer clay making, knitting (during the winter), photography and anything that involves being creative. I often get lost in my curiosity about how things function and work; connecting the dots is my speciality. I enjoy learning about other cultures and thrive on challenges. I always tell myself  “if it was easy, then it wasn’t challenging enough.”

My aspiration is to continue my studies in Anthropology and UX in the field of technology to improve products and services for communities in poverty around the world. By merging these fields of study, I hope to understand how products and services can be re/designed to best serve communities and individuals.