liana wang

University: Yale University
Major: Economics and Global Affairs
Languages: Chinese, French
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Biography: Liana Wang comes from Houston, TX, a diverse city where she grew up with the unwavering support and sacrifices of her immigrant parents. They taught her the importance of hard work, perseverance, and empathy.

A prospective Economics and Global Affairs major, she is a proud first-generation student and Questbridge Scholar at Yale University. She is passionate about equity and human rights for women and children, which has translated into an interest in law, policy, and politics. She was elected national Vice-Chair of the High School Democrats of America, a National Economics Challenge champion, and a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. On campus, she served as a Legislative Captain for the Yale College Democrats and helped execute conferences for the Women’s Leadership Initiative and 1vyG. As an EMERGE Scholar, she is thankful for the support of public school teachers and mentors, and in turn appreciates mentoring other underserved students.

Over the past year, she has volunteered with undocumented immigrants at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, and worked in economic development for the City of New Haven. During the summer of 2017, she is interning in the U.S. House of Representatives and studying abroad in France. She was recently named an Urban Fellow in the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice.