As part of Undocu-Week, we’ve asked Undocumented Students to share their stories and explain what it means to have support from our allies. Today we’re sharing the story of Yongbing Chang.
Being undocumented was something I didn’t realize until I was applying to college. It was the small things – but these small things added up and I realized that there were obstacles in my way to higher education.
Since my time here at Cal, I’ve grown to understand and embrace who I am – and that means realizing the communities that I choose to be a part of and how my involvement in those communities help shape its narrative. I strive to be a role model for other undocumented folks because I’ve been so incredibly privileged throughout my life, and I want to work towards equitable social justice. I want to create spaces and moments for others to empower themselves because self-empowerment is so incredibly important. It is through the presence of such an unified and powerful community that I am able to be so motivated and inspired by the amazing folks all around me. And it is for them, and for myself, that I strive through life.