Sarah Au

Class of 2018

I was born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised among saguaros, where summers smelled of creosote. My father was a Vietnamese refugee who migrated here in the early eighties. My mother’s history is rooted in this region of the Sonoran desert for as long as she can remember. I received an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Public Health from the University of Arizona. Through the contrasting dual experience of growing up in poverty and all it came with, to being the first-generation of my family to have access to an academic analysis of systematic power constructs that perpetuate poverty, a fierce fire was sparked and fueled in my panza toward facilitating equitable change. This led me to pursue healing justice work with marginalized communities, much like my own. Through my LHIP Internship as a Biological Technician, I had the incredible opportunity to join this brilliant team in doing some amazing work in Resource Management.