state representative-Stephanie ChangStephanie Chang, immediate past president of APIA Vote-Michigan, is running for state representative in House District 6 composed of Detroit, River Rogue and Ecorse.

If elected, Stephanie would be the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Michigan state legislature.

For a decade, Stephanie had worked as an organizer of events on civil rights issues.

In announcing her candidacy, she said, “I could make a great impact on issues I care about through serving in public office. I care about the future of Detroit and Michigan, and I know that this position will give me an opportunity to work hard by using my experience and skills to make positive change.

“I want a state for my future children, and that means quality education, a fairer justice system, safe neighborhoods, and a safety net to make sure everyone has a chance.”

She added, “I am committed to exploring ways to address the policy concerns of Asian Americans and elevate the voices of our communities.”

Stephanie currently serves as a community engagement organizer with the James and Grace Boggs School in Detroit.[box type=”default” size=”large”] APIA leader wants to be the voice of Asian Americans [/box]She recently began as an alumni engagement and evaluation coordinator for the Center for Progressive Leadership in Michigan. She was a research assistant for the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations. She had served as deputy director for the Campaign for Justice, which heads a coalition of organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum that fights for a fair and effective public defense system in Michigan.

She served as an organizer for Michigan United/One United Michigan, organizing local volunteer-led coalitions to educate the public about affirmative action and mobilizing voter opposition to Proposal 2 in 2006.

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Stephanie is a University of Michigan 2005 graduate with a degree in psychology and minor in APIA Studies. She is currently pursuing her master’s degrees in public policy and social work degrees at the University of Michigan. She will graduate in May 2014.