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Sac State well-represented on Sacramento Bee’s AAPI Change Makers list

Six Sacramento alumni are among the 25 individuals named to The Sacramento Bee's AAPI Change Makers list. They are (from left): Beatriz Aurelio-Saguin, May O. Lee, Yen Marshall, Oanh Meyer, Chao Vang, and Jackie Wong. (Sacramento State graphic/Sam Macapagal)

A group of Sacramento State alumni and others connected to the University are among 25 individuals the Sacramento Bee has recognized as Asian American Pacific Islander “Change Makers” who are “enriching lives in the Sacramento region.”

Change Makers are, according to The Bee, “people who are committed to leading positive transformations in their communities. They are shifting the landscape in medicine, science, policy, economy, education, art and advocacy with their authenticity, problem-solving and vision for a better Sacramento.”

The list is part of the broader Change Makers project from The Bee’s Equity Lab, which began in February with the inaugural Top 25 Black Change Makers list. Several Hornets were on that list as well.

The AAPI Change Makers list includes several notable alumni:

  • Beatriz Aurelio-Saguin ’16 (Psychology)
  • May O. Lee MSW ’87 (Social Work)
  • Yen Marshall ’86 (Computer Science), MBA ’20 (Executive MBA)
  • Oanh Meyer MA ’05 (Psychology)
  • Chao Vang ’09 (Social Science, Ethnic Studies minor), MA ’13 (Education – Curriculum and Instruction), EDD ’16 (Education Leadership – Community College)
  • Jackie Wong MSW ’01 (Social Work)

Vang also serves as Sacramento State’s director of Educational Equity Access and Equity Strategist. Lee received an honorary doctorate from the CSU during May’s Commencement ceremonies.

Other recognized individuals connected to Sac State are: Maheen Ahmed, who earned a Capital Fellows Certificate in Applied Policy and Government; Tim Fong, a professor of Ethnic Studies and director of the Full Circle Project; and Mai Vang, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies.

For the full list and more about these members of the Hornet Family, visit the Sacramento Bee website.

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About Jonathan Morales

Jonathan Morales joined the Sac State communications team in 2017 as a writer and editor. He previously worked at San Francisco State University and as a newspaper reporter and editor. He enjoys local beer, Bay Area sports teams, and spending time outdoors with his family and dog.

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