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Gawzong "Emily" Vang

Student Spotlight, December 2012

Emily Vang Reflecting on her past, Sophomore Emily Vang says that working with her mentor during high school drove her to have a heart for the community and inspired her to get involved. Emily was able to volunteer over 200 hours in high school and when she came to Sac State, she continued that passion with Harvest Sacramento and Meals on Wheels by ACC through Alternative Break 2012. She has also volunteered at least 50 hours with the Boys and Girls Club.

As Community Engagement Center’s newest Student Assistant, Emily possesses a unique perspective on combining work, school, and volunteering. “Being in the field of Social Work, I felt that Community Engagement Center would be a way to work with the community and Sac State and experience what it is like to work in a community/volunteer based environment. Also, working here at Community Engagement Center, I get to see the hard work they put in to execute their volunteer and civic education events.” As our Office Assistant, Emily gets to work closely with Community Partners, students, staff, and faculty of the university, which is an experience that not a lot of students get to have.

Born into a large family (she’s the eighth of twelve siblings) to parents who are farmers, Emily was drawn to her Social Work major because she’s used to helping others, often taking care of younger siblings while her parents were working outside the home. As a Service Learning student enrolled in Social Work 95, Emily is better assured that she is taking the right career path. She sees the hands-on activities, the engaged and inclusive environment, and the opportunities to hear different opinions she would otherwise not consider as benefits to her educational journey. She has also had the advantage of gaining a better understanding of Service Learning now that she has seen all of the hard work that goes into it behind the scenes at Community Engagement Center.

Emily hopes that she can share her experiences of being a Sac State student, employee, and volunteer in the community one day. It is important for her to be involved because she feels that when people have the time to help others, they should. “You will never have the time, so it’s up to you to make it. Whether I am at work, school, or at the store, there is always a way to help someone.” Since she began working at Community Engagement Center, her views have been enhanced. Emily would like to continue to volunteer and be engaged in the community when she graduates in 2015.

Contributed by M. Hardy


Each year, more than two thousand Sacramento State students, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in programs and projects sponsored by Community Engagement Center. Programs such as Alternative Break, Sac State Serves, and Service Learning fulfill our mission to facilitate learning and engagement by linking campus and community for mutual benefit. Through Spotlight, Community Engagement Center will highlight outstanding individuals and programs advancing community engagement in the Sacramento region.

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last updated: 2/27/2013