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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Richard “Rich” Chang is a first-year doctoral student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before attending UNLV, Richard volunteered as a co-facilitator at the Orange County LGBTQ Center in Santa Ana, California. He hosted workshops on financial literacy, healthy intimate partner relationships, and game nights for queer youth. In addition to his volunteer services, he served as secretary and treasurer for the Psychology Association for Graduate Students of Color & Allies at California State University, Fullerton, where he invited guest speakers to share their experiences navigating graduate school, advocated for courses to have a multicultural emphasis, and offer more diverse hiring for faculty. Because of his personal experiences within higher education, his research focuses on marginalized and underrepresented college students’ experiences and the different factors linked to their mental health and well-being. Currently, he is developing a scale to identify microinterventions that reduce the harmful effects of microaggressions. With his research, he hopes to understand better, advocate, and change policy around underrepresented and marginalized students in higher education.