Eura Chang is Stand for Children’s State Operations Coordinator. In addition to that role, she does a lot of work engaging parents in the Read Now Colorado literacy program. Eura hails from the great state of Minnesota where she attended public schools and graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Educational Studies and Political Science. As a first-generation American and college graduate, Eura has had a lifelong passion for educational equity and access.
After completing her degree, Eura spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Senegal and another as an AmeriCorps member with Denver Public Schools. Both experiences were eye-opening to the importance of community voice and representation in making education decisions.
What makes you most excited about your work at Stand?
I am most excited about the literacy workshops that we are doing with parents. I think parents walk away from the workshops feeling empowered and ready to support their child’s reading at home. My own mom and dad ignited and encouraged my love of reading from a young age and, looking back, this love has been such an important part of my life. It’s been so inspiring to see the parents we work with come in with a similar desire for their own children and an enthusiasm to learn more about how they can cultivate a love of reading in their homes.
Why did you choose to work at Stand?
I chose to work with Stand because I think authentic and inclusive parent engagement is what our schools and students need to succeed. I love that our organization focuses on working with and supporting parents who might want to become more involved in their child’s school but because of language barriers, work schedules, or other constraints might feel too intimidated or unable to do so. We have a goal of meeting parents where they’re at and making sure that their opinions and concerns are heard in a meaningful way.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger I really wanted to be an epidemiologist and study infectious diseases like Ebola (this was way before the big scare we had a couple years ago!) while wearing a bright yellow haz-mat suit in the jungles of the Congo.
Where are we most likely to find you when you are not at work?
If I’m not at work, I’m either running with my dog, Gus, in Cheesman Park, going to a concert, or out biking.