By Donna “Mythic” Chow, Staff Writer

The University of Connecticut (UConn) hosted “Voting Matters with Leng Leng Chancey,” featuring Leng Leng Chancey, the deputy director of systems and sustainability of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, to encourage APIA students to vote on Nov. 1. At least 60 students crowded the Student Union Theater in attendance of this event sponsored by the UConn Colony Chapter of Delta Phi Lambda, Inc. and the Asian American Cultural Center and Women’s Center.

Chancey’s presentation highlighted many of her experiences in America as a minority. She told stories of the difficulties of becoming an American citizen, the lack of equality for colored women, and the long wait to come into the United States of America.

During the Question & Answer portion, students asked how Chancey became involved in the nonprofit field and what an average day of her life was like.

Chancey answered that many life events she encountered formed the foundation of her involvement, one of which is her experience in assisting an Asian couple in America to seek medical treatment for the wife, even though she was a few months shy from gaining citizenship. Another event, more personal to Chancey, is helping her sister immigrate to America, which is a very lengthy and difficult process. As to a typical day of her life, Chancey answered that it varies, but is typically either working in the office and reseaching and fighting against bills, or traveling and guest-speaking at conventions. Outside of her professional life, Chancey also is a mother who tries to engage her children to be politically active. 

“How do we get people to get involved and vote,” another student asked. “What if they do not find it important?”

Chancey answered by informing the audience of the importance of research. She explained that by researching what a bill, law, or politician stands for, students will gain knowledge of the issue and, thus, the importance of voting, especially if it affects them personally.

Not only did Chancey shared personal stories, she also amplified how a stranger’s experience can become our own. By advocating for equality, Chancey encouraged students, specifically APIA students, to vote, get involved, and make a difference.

A month has passed since Chancey’s visit, but students are still actively involved in political conversations at UConn.

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