Environmental Justice and Citizenship and Political Science
Class of 2023
Phidor Kong is a sophomore at Beloit College with a double major of Political Science and Environmental Justice and Citizenship. Last summer, she interned at Oxfam Novib Cambodia, where she participated in a research project on the Community Protected Area and quickly learned how to work in an international organization. Phidor also had an opportunity to lead a research team, and she organized and participated in many trainings for the Natural Resource Governance Program.
On campus, she is currently a research assistant for the Political Science Department working on projects related to the freedom of expression and expatriate justices in Africa. She is a member of the International Students Club, the Model UN Club, the Outdoor Environmental Club, and the Photography Club. She has always been passionate about policymaking and environmental protection—believing that creating environmentally friendly policies with effective implementation will better the world.
Before coming to the U.S., Phidor supported the community and protected natural resources in remote areas by working as a community legal advocate at the Community Empowerment and Development Team (CEDT), a project assistant at Impact Cambodia (IC), and an intern at the Learning Institute (LI). Besides that, Phidor has been involved in many community service projects with different organizations including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), AEON Environmental Foundation (in Japan), Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP), and Cambodia Youth Action (CYA). She was also a student in Education First Cambodia’s leadership class, where she helped her team train communities on how to conserve natural resources and how to raise gender awareness. Phidor hopes to be a policymaker in order to protect the environment and the people whose livelihood is reliant on sustainable development.