Weiwei Wang
Research Specialist, Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont

Weiwei Wang is dedicated to understanding, and building, communities in all aspects of life. Born in Beijing, China and raised in Vermont, California and Utah, she has an innate ability to adapt to her surroundings and make connections to those around her, an asset that has brought her closer to her passion in community development.

In Burlington, Vermont, she has been working with a group of community members to build a Professionals of Color network meant to increase ties within the professionals of color community as well as those to youth of color in the region. Additionally, she has been working with a dedicated group in Burlington and the Vermont Secretary of State's office to install language translation at the voting polls.

Weiwei was raised by educator parents, who instilled in her a passion for developing opportunities for cultural exchange, education and for promoting access to knowledge. This has brought her to work as part of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools working group which worked to pass Vermont House Bill 3, which helps to establish a working group charged with making recommendations for changes in the state's education curriculum.

In her work life, Weiwei is a Research Specialist at the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. While her work concentrates on the food systems, specifically consumer and producer behaviors, she also has an extensive background working in international education, health, and event management. She holds a degree in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Connecticut College, and is a Master of Science candidate in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Public Assets Institute and is a member of the Burlington Board of Registration of Voters.