Dang Yang has been named director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"As the new director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, I’m excited to meet the students and learn about my alma mater through their experiences," Yang said. "In addition, I am looking forward to serving as a leader in the OMA office alongside some very dedicated colleagues. As my transition into this position begins this year, I look forward to doing a lot of listening and learning."
Yang will lead the Office of Multicultural Affairs in its mission to provide advising, advocacy and outreach that supports and enhances the college experience, particularly for students of color.
"The Office of Multicultural Affairs plays a central role in advancing EDI efforts on our campus, and I am thrilled to welcome Dang Yang as our new director," said Dr. Tamara Johnson, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs. "Dang brings a strong professional portfolio and received glowing feedback from colleagues across the institution."
Most recently Yang served as the diversity manager at Chippewa Valley Technical College, where he supported multicultural students, students with disabilities, international students and nontraditional students. Previously he was the multicultural recruitment and retention coordinator in the School of Education at UW-Stout. Yang's research interests have included leadership development for students of color and how dominant cultural narratives perpetuate inequities in higher education.
In 2015, Yang received the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award from the state Council on Affirmative Action and the Friend of Education Award from the state Department of Public Instruction. In 2017, he also received the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's Recent Alumnus Award.
Yang holds a bachelor's degree in public communication from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree in multicultural college teaching and learning from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.