Class of 2022
Chamnan Suon is a sophomore at Beloit College studying quantitative economics. Chamnan hopes to use economic data analysis to create social justice policy when she is back in Cambodia. On campus, she is involved with the International Student Association and the International Club. In addition to studying economics, Chamnan studies French and piano. She plans on studying abroad next year in the U.K.
Before joining SHE-CAN, Chamnan was very active in community based projects and volunteer work – such as TEDx, FUSAAC, and the Cambodian Red Cross. She also participated in an environmental program called 25,000 Riels and Environment, which dealt with environmental and hygienic issues affecting local people around Oudong Mountain. In 2013, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), where she spent three years studying economics. In high school, Chamnan received an award for her outstanding work in physics and took first place in the Casio Mathematics Competition in 2012.
When Chamnan was younger, she almost lost the ability to go to school because her family could no longer afford her university fees. Chamnan realized that education can not be a priority for families living in extreme poverty who are fighting to just avoid starvation. This led Chamnan to want to create policies that improve access to education for everyone.
Watch her leadership speech here: https://vimeo.com/390637651