Kalvin Yang grew up in Wausau and currently lives in Menomonie with his wife and daughter. Yang earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In the MSS office, Yang oversees both the Lawton Undergraduate Multicultural Retention Grant for undergraduate students and the Advanced Opportunity Grant for graduate students. Yang organizes programs, financial literacy, groups and workshops for students. As a certified Qualifying Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), Yang uses the framework to facilitate intercultural competencies individually (and in groups) to help students understand their own cultural identities and to effectively ground themselves in their cultural values and beliefs as they navigate a predominantly white campus. Yang also advises the Hmong Stout Student Organization (HSSO) and actively facilitates cultural enrichment and leadership development.
Yang believes that education is the key for students to open doors to better opportunities and enjoys working with students to help them achieve their goals.