November, 21, 2023
Ryan moved here to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2021. He looked for a community of people as passionate about animal rights and activism as he is. The student chapter of CAA appealed to him. He got involved with them because of the group’s outreach opportunities and community.
At this point, Ryan has been volunteering with CAA for two and a half years. Most of his work has been with the U of MN CAA student chapter, where he is now the President. His volunteer activities have been many and varied. They include video outreach events, food giveaways, movie screenings, and more. He recently took on a larger volunteer role by signing up for the Twin Cities Vegan Chili Cook-Off committee.
As a member of the committee, he is working on the venue layout and reservations. He also encourages students to volunteer on the committee and for the event day (TBD this February). In his view, any amount of volunteering goes a long way to making our events successful. He encourages everyone to get involved!
Animal rights activists inspire Ryan, from Wayne Hsiung, who has gone to jail for the cause, to undercover investigators who risk everything to expose animal cruelty. But most of all he is inspired by the chickens, pigs, cows, fish, etc., who fight for survival: “These people and animals have sacrificed so much to fight for a more compassionate world. The least I can do is volunteer some of my time to play my part in creating a compassionate future”.
Ryan is studying computer science at the University of Minnesota. He loves programming but also likes to relax by going on walks or watching TV. His vegan food staple is a good stir fry with vegetables and tofu.