Wuang Yang, a junior student majoring in Finance, has been engaged in civic leadership efforts since his time at Hamline. He serves as co-leader of the Better Together Campaign, is a Spirituality Scholar, and has served as secretary for the Hmong Student Association. During spring break of 2015, he co-lead a group of students on the Catalyst trips focusing on disaster recovery in New Orleans. He organized the Traditions Potluck event which brought together diverse student backgrounds and perspectives by sharing food important to their traditions. He has co-presented a workshop at the Interfaith Youth Day of Service's annual conference engaging middle and high youth in interfaith exchange. Wuang's active involvement in various programs has proved his commitment to social justice and leadership. He is incredibly passionate about bringing people together and exchanging our experiences, and strongly believes with that can we make social change.
My passion of civic engagement has drawn me towards a movement of interfaith service, where communities of religious and non-religious backgrounds come together to create social change. During freshman year, I attended an alternative spring break trip to New Orleans which focused on hurricane relief through an interfaith lens. The communities of faith that I served with exemplified to me a true realization of how human beings can be united across profound differences in order to fight for causes they care about. Inspired to continue serving, I co-led the trip to New Orleans the following year and stepped into other leadership roles as I continued my education. I am currently a co-leader of Hamline's Better Together Campaign which is a part of a wider national movement of the Interfaith Youth Core. As a co-leader, I have organized campus events centered on serving the local community and reflecting on common core values. Through other leadership roles, I have integrated my skills of interfaith work into programs such as the Hmong Student Association's youth conference for the Girl Scouts of MN and a workshop for the Interfaith Youth Connection. I will continue to put my skills of interfaith work into application.