Hello! My name is Kerry Yang (she/her) and I am the co-chair of the Youth Expert Panel. I am studying health sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, but am proud to call Sudbury home. I joined Future North as the co-lead of the Culture of the North project to explore the barriers BIPOC students faced in their education. I had the privilege to work on this project which has since engaged youth through BIPOC libraries, youth action teams, and summer programming.
As a youth advocate, I am passionate about creating representation for BIPOC students in the Northern communities that I have grown up in. Future North has always facilitated a space for youth voices to be heard and leveraged to create positive impact. Aside from acting as co-chair of the Youth Expert Panel and Culture of the North, I’ve also been involved with the HOPE campaign, Redefining Success Campaign, Redemption Ball, and more. In high school, I also worked as a Bluecoat at Science North, organized the Sudbury School Supply Drive, and conducted biomedical research.
I have also enjoyed getting involved in social and political advocacy spheres at university. I work as the Associate Vice President of Municipal Affairs and sit on the McMaster Student Union and University Senate to advocate and lobby student issues. I am also the Social and Political Advcoacy Coordinator with the Diversity and Equity Network and lead mentorship sessions for first-year students. I am interested in integrating my passions for advocacy, community engagement, and science into a career in healthcare.
Aside from work and school, I am a dedicated Wordle player and I love to read (my favourite book is “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee). In my spare time, you can also find me playing piano, taking pictures of food, rock climbing, or doing something creative.