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.
A committed and hard-working, first-generation student and designer working on utilizing her skills within the city of Milwaukee. Stephanie was born in the States after her parents immigrated here from Mexico in 1990 seeking a better life and education for their children. Stephanie is a digital artist, music-festival lover, adventurer, and pasta enthusiast. She hopes to be a resource for first-generation students and others. She is currently a senior studying Design and Visual Communications with a minor in Art History. She strives to create innovate and effective design. Stephanie currently works as the graphic artist for the IEC and hopes to create impactful visuals and marketing for the team and their many helpful events. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being in sweats, working on art, and hammocking.
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.