Mai Vang

Learner Advocate


pronouns: she, her, hers

Mai believes that every student has an opportunity to empower themselves and build up self-advocacy in everyday life. Mai wants every student to have access to every resource and service they need without any barriers.

Mai is in her final year at Metropolitan State University for Human Service Family Studies and she is aiming to receive her Bachelor of Human Services degree. She previously attended Century College before transferring to Metropolitan State University to complete her Bachelor degree. 

She never thought she would provide support services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community until she joined ThinkSelf in 2019. In addition to her job at ThinkSelf, Mai is Deaf Mentor with the Deaf Mentor Family Program and has been working for 6 years as a Deaf Mentor.

In her free time, Mai enjoys watching her son play a variety of sports, going out to eat with family, cooking, and cheering on her beloved Minnesota Vikings.


Young Child Mai Vang

Mai: “I learned ASL when I was 4 years old through the D/HH program at Rondo preschool in St. Paul, MN. I became Deaf when I was around 2 years old, but wasn’t exposed to sign language until later in preschool. My family wasn’t aware of Deaf culture until they learned about it when I was enrolled into preschool. I believe learning ASL is part of our communication access, language foundation, and part of who we are to express ourselves.’

Photo is of Mai on her graduation day from Rondo Preschool. She has a serious expression and is kneeling on the floor among other students (mostly cropped out), wearing a polka dot shirt, blue cape, hands folded on her lap.