Mysee valued St. Kate's inclusive atmosphere. "From my elementary years I've been taught that I'm an outsider because I'm not white, I'm not middle class," she says. "The minute I got to St. Kate's that identity shifted. The welcoming environment helped me think about myself as a holistic person."
When Mysee Chang speaks, the words tumble out quickly, but always clearly. Speaking and writing with confidence are two gifts she received from her women's studies major. After attending high school "as a Hmong in a place with no Hmong people," Mysee says she was transformed by class discussions at St. Kate's where she found the words to articulate her experiences.
The eldest of eight children, Mysee wrung the most out of her college experience. She lived on campus, joined student groups, participated in mentorships and honors programs, studied in India, became a peer mentor herself, and worked on and off campus.
After graduation, she continued as the youth program coordinator for Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) and pursued a graduate degree, with the goal of "helping women become leaders and find their place in the world. Because, for me, being a Katie means continuing the legacy we have of being leaders. We have a responsibility to use our skills to create a better world."