California State University, SacramentoRon and Mitzi Barhorst Scholar
Lay Vang is one of 10 children raised by Hmong refugee immigrant parents. A
family of hardworking individuals, his father worked two jobs to support their
family and his mother dedicated herself to raising the children.
As a graduate student in the career counseling program at California State
University, Sacramento, Lay is a coach for the DEGREES (Dedicated to
Educating, Graduating, and Retaining Educational Equity Students) Project. As a
mentor, he advises and connects students to campus resources and facilitates
career development workshops. He also tries to preserve the Hmong culture by
teaching the Hmong language, traditions and history to students.
After earning a master’s degree, Lay plans to become a counselor in the
community where he was raised, continuing his commitment to helping
underrepresented minority students reach their potential.