Political Science & Critical Identity Studies with a Minor in Chinese
Class of 2024
Channtha (Moon) Sum attends Beloit College, majoring in political science and critical identity studies with a minor in Chinese. She is very active both in academics and leadership positions. Moon is the founder of the Asia Pacific Students Association at Beloit College, which is a club that received the Nouveau Award in 2022 for its leadership role at Beloit. Moon was also awarded the Jane Quisenberry Wirtz and W. Willard Wirtz Endowed Scholarship by the Department of Political Science for her exceptional leadership.
In 2018, Moon was selected to participate in the JENESYS Exchange Program, which allowed her to study abroad in Japan. This program provided her the chance to meet high-potential youth from three countries – Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. They exchanged culture, traditions, and discussed social and environmental issues. Currently, Moon is studying abroad in both the UK and Malta to learn more about global politics and women's studies.
In the summer of 2022, Moon spent her time running a SHE-CAN Make A Change project to empower women in higher education, and also attended a summer fellowship with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.
Moon is very passionate about bringing awareness to controversial social issues. In Cambodia, she was invited to join a debate program with Perspective Cambodia for several months, where she discussed problems facing Cambodia such as traffic accidents, substance abuse problems, and human rights violations. She also led a group of Cambodian University students to raise awareness for Freedom of Expression in Cambodian Higher Education Institutions. Moon received second place in the Youth and Culture Debate of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Her time spent debating has led her to appreciate how Cambodia would change if the youth start to understand the country’s various social struggles. Moon hopes to become a politician in Cambodia to help poor families, improve their standards of living, and end human rights violations.