EWING, NJ … Speaker Minh Dang will recount her harrowing experiences as a young girl forced into prostitution by family members and her subsequent “journey of peace and justice” at a 7 p.m. talk tonight at the Mayo Concert Hall at The College of New Jersey.
Coordinator of the Bonner Leaders program at the University of California, Berkeley, Dang speaks about the need to couple personal healing with social justice. She has said, “When we speak the truth about who we are, what we feel, and what we want, we begin to shape a new world.”
“It’s important to give voice to this issue. This sort of thing happens in America, and it’s important to know that resources are available to help,” said Paula Figueroa-Vega, associate director of TCNJ’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement, one of several sponsors of the event.
Dang, who grew up in California, was recently featured in the documentary series, MSNBC Undercover: Sex Slaves in America.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. As coordinator of the Bonner Leaders program at the university’s Cal Corps Public Service Center, she develops partnerships with East Bay schools, community organizations and non-profits, among other duties. Outside of work, Dang sits on the board of directors of the Morris Center for Healing from Childhood Abuse.
Dang ran a workshop at the Bonner Foundation’s Summer Leadership Institute at Berea College in Kentucky this past June that was attended by TCNJ students.
The Bonner Center at TCNJ partners with community organizations that focus on areas such as health, hunger, homelessness, housing, developmental disabilities, urban education, the environment, youth and family services, youth development, and immigrant services. The center provides teaching and learning opportunities that both build the capacity of TCNJ students and the groups and communities they assist.
For information regarding the event, please contact the Bonner Center at 609-771-2548.