Cindy Vang was born and raised in Sacramento,CA but currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her a BA in History from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), MA in Social Work from CSU Sacramento, and her Doctoral Candidate in Social Work at Arizona State University.
Cindy has worked in multiple professions including community health navigator, medical social worker, research assistant, and as an instructor. Through her work she has gained significant knowledge in access to health care and school closures. She has organized and advocated alongside other Hmong-American organizers for underrepresented communities (including the Hmong community) in Sacramento, CA.
She hopes to offer insight on how to continue in higher education while remaining committed to helping the Hmong community. She will also provide her perspective of the reality of a PhD program and how to survive as a Hmong woman in a predominantly and historically white academic space.