Mai Yer Yang
Mai Yer is a first generation college student who was born and raised in Ban Vinia Refugee Camp, Thailand. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old and resided in Akron, OH but later moved to Sheboygan, WI. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Professional Development with an emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has over ten years of experience working in higher education specifically with traditionally underserved student populations and cultural programming. Mai Yer loves to travel and eat local authentic food. She believes that the best way to learn about culture is through food. Her strengths are communication, adaptability, organization and event planning.
Olivia, a proud first-generation graduate student at the UWM Zilber School of Public Health is pursuing her MPH in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. Originally from Villa Park, Illinois, she moved with her family to Manitowoc, Wisconsin when she was young. Olivia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is excited to be continuing her education in graduate school here. She has been with the Inclusive Excellence Center since 2014 and finds her job very rewarding. In her role as the coordinator for first-generation students, Olivia strives to connect students with the resources and tools that will help them to succeed. She appreciates diversity, authenticity, and community. Olivia is a homebody, dog lover, movie fanatic, and foodie. Apart from her role as a graduate student and employee, Olivia enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring Milwaukee, and playing board games.
Kenzie, a first-generation senior majoring in Design and Visual Communication, was born and raised in Algoma, Wisconsin. She one day dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and owning her own freelance design business. Art has always been a passion of hers, along with soccer and traveling. Kenzie began working for the IEC as a graphic designer this fall, and she hopes to bring her skills she has learned over the years to create lasting impressions for those around her. She strives to always be kind, creative, brave, inspired, and always make time to play in the midst of this chaotic world. When not working on design projects, Kenzie can be found listening to music, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family & friends.
Amanda, a focused and passionate 5th year college student pursuing a double major in Marketing and Chinese along with an International Business Certificate, was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her dream job is to work for an international company in California, but until then is working on pursuing her interests and building relationships here in Milwaukee. Growing up, Amanda struggled to find her identity and wrestle with feeling like she needed to “choose” with what side of her mixed racial background she identified with. As a result of this, one of Amanda’s hopes wherever she goes, is to bring joy and create a safe space where people feel free to be themselves and be confident in who they are or choose to be. Amanda enjoys reading and writing poetry, playing the piano, finding new restaurants, and going on road trips with her friends.
Alondra is a first-generation student majoring in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies with a focus in Advertising/Public Relations with hopes to work in the entertainment business (specifically in the Chicano music industry). She was born and raised on the Southside of Milwaukee along with three other older siblings to Mexican parents from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Alondra is a music junkie who actually played the viola for 10 years, was in a mariachi for about five years and has even performed at Disneyland and traveled to Argentina, Uruguay, Austria and Hungary through with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra! She loves all things that has to do with art, music and food – especially Italian and Mexican. Aside from being an Intercultural Assistant at the IEC, she also owns her own sweets business called Sweets by Lala that she manages on the weekends! Alondra also joined Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., a Latina based multicultural sorority in the Spring of 2019. If she isn’t doing homework at Rochambo, at meetings or at work, you can find Alondra planning trips on Google flights, listening to music, watching something on Netflix and cooking or baking in her free time!
In Loving Memory of Stephanie Narvaez