Helen Phun is a junior from Sacramento, CA, majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Political Economy. She is a first-generation Chinese-Vietnamese immigrant from China and the first in her family to attend college. Growing up in an immigrant household in a low-income and diverse neighborhood guides her values and advocacy. Helen is interested in increasing equity within socio-economically disadvantaged communities. She is most passionate about issues of education, accessible transportation, increasing social welfare, and immigration.
Before transferring to Cal, Helen was involved with her local community and college. While at community college, she served as a Student Senator before serving as the Secretary of Public Relations for the student senate, facilitating media and student engagement during distance learning. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Helen volunteered to register and drive elderly and non-English speakers to vaccine sites to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. She also volunteered her time with Equivax Sacramento to aid with increasing vaccine equity in historically under-resourced communities of Sacramento.
This upcoming summer, Helen is excited to expand her knowledge and experience in public service and hopes to create substantial change through her service.
Major(s): Media Studies
Minor(s): Political Economy