College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University
Chair, American Executive Committee
My name is Tiffany Vang, and I am the Chair of the America Executive Committee, and also the leader of the Human Rights and Development roundtable for the 6th KASC. I am a senior at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Central Minnesota, and I am majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and I am a first generation Asian American; my parents are originally from Laos, and moved to the US in the 1980s. In my spare time, I love to write/ blog, play volleyball, spend time with friends, and try new foods! In December 2012, my interest in human rights and economic development led me to India, where I studied and worked with a women’s empowerment organization for 5 months. It was a profound experience that deepened my interest in the Asia region, and led me to apply for the 5th KASC. It was an opportunity for me to grow and learn from the Korean delegates, to find our commonalities, and acknowledge and understand our differences. It may be intimidating at first to meet people that may have nothing in common with you, but putting that fear aside and getting out of your comfort zone will be the bravest move you can make, and one that pays off in the end. My experience during KASC embodied many things; it was challenging, educational, inspiring, exciting, unforgettable, and one which fostered genuine friendship. In conclusion, the theme of the 6th KASC, “Collaborating to Converge: An Interlocking World,” pertains to the interconnectedness of our world today, and the need for cooperation to take on the global challenges of our time. A large reason why this theme was chosen was because of the genuine connection that we all as 5th KASC delegates felt with each other. We felt stronger together than we did alone, and we worked harder knowing that we all were depending on each other. This year’s 6th KASC, like many before it, will be an unforgettable experience, so I hope to see you there!