Meet PaNhia Vang! PaNhia is a rising sophomore at Lawrence University with a major in political science. She is Hmong American and is the oldest daughter of seven siblings. Additionally, she also has a strong sense in advocacy work which led her to intern at APIAVote this summer. Ultimately, she plans to pursue a career in politics after completing her undergraduate degree.
Q: What made you want to work with APIAVote?
I previously interned last summer at a non-profit organization called the Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP). There, I mostly did a lot of work geared towards voter registration and the census. After three intense months, I became intrigued and wanted to continue something similar to this in my next summer. As a result, I applied to APIAVote since their mission statement and values were similar to AAOP.
Q: Have you learned anything interesting during your time here?
I have learned a lot of interesting things such as what makes up a non-profit organization and how to build teamwork within coalitions. In addition, I also learned that some states have very high AAPI populations and high ratios of state reps who serve the AAPI community.
Q: Name one memorable experience you had with us
I think the most memorable experience that I had with APIAVote was the Presidential Town Hall. I remembered how chaotic (in a good way) it was and the hard work that all the staff members put into hosting the event. On the other hand, I want to give a special shout out to the interns for making the majority of the graphics, constantly updating the website with the necessary workshop information, helping staff the workshops, and creating the awesome tool kit. Thinking back on all of this makes me truly proud and happy of my cohort. <3
Q: Why is it important to amplify AAPI voices?
I think it is important to amplify AAPI voices because our voices are what makes us visible. Through this, we are able to gain recognition and access to the resources needed for our specific communities.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
I usually catch up with my friends and take mental health breaks during my spare time.