Natalie Soutonglang

Reed College
Class of 2026

Who Natalie is, is tied to her greater community. After learning how to swim at her local Boys and Girls Club and later becoming a swim instructor, she realized that leadership must be cyclical to sustain a strong community. Not only did she learn from the people before her, but sharing these lessons to empower the next generation exemplified the cumulative impact relationships can have. Natalie is an excellent crocheter, swimmer, and classmate. She is curious and constantly challenging popular notions of Asian American identity and believes in being a small part of a greater community. Natalie believes in building community through storytelling, because passing down the lessons from our experiences empowers us to reclaim our shared history and builds solidarity. 

Leadership:

  • Dear Asians Initiative, Founder and President 
  • High School Varsity Swim Team 
  • The Asian American Pacific Islander Showcase, President and Head Coordinator