By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, President, Lillstrom Cheng Strategies, LLC
I am the mother of a son who is both a descendant of those who came to America on the Mayflower and second generation Chinese-American. I was born into the privilege of being a white woman. By the circumstances of my parents, I got to peer into the elite old-money part of American hierarchy, while also being rooted in the culture of the union-organizing working class, who lived and worked in company towns and rural communities. I was drawn to the study of law and, by extension, advocacy as a way to stand up for, ally with, and empower anyone who seeks to make our country more fair, more equitable, and more responsive to the needs of our communities and anyone struggling to break down the status quo and systemic racism.
WGR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee will be featuring a series of blogs from Committee Members and DEI Allies focused on “My DEI Story”. These blogs are intended not only to highlight the multitude of diversity that exists within our world, but to also recognize that EVERYONE has a DEI story!