Founder and executive director of Dear Asian Youth
Hometown: Ladera Ranch, California
Stephanie Hu, a high school senior from Southern California and an incoming freshman at Harvard University, is the founder and executive director of Dear Asian Youth and the co-founder of CUSD Against Racism in the Capistrano Unified School District. Her identity as a Chinese American has pushed her to passionately uplift marginalized voices into intersectional activism. Stephanie’s organization, Dear Asian Youth, has more than 180 chapters around the world, 400 literary works, and 110,000 social media followers. Stephanie is also the co-executive director of the Women of Color Conference, which united more than 4,850 girls of color to engage in a two-day virtual conference with career-oriented panels featuring 31 renowned speakers and offered $4,000 in scholarships. In addition, Stephanie previously served as the education policy director of the California Association of Student Councils, where she hosted two education policy conferences to empower California students in producing 10 policy proposals. In her high school, she serves as the Diversity Coalition student representative, Cultural Proficiency Task Force student representative, and Counseling Advisory Board student representative.
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