Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Channtha “Moon” Sum

SHE-CAN Scholar: Channtha “Moon” Sum

Seeking an International Development and Policy or Non-Profit and Social Justice Internship

For a copy of Moon’s resume, please email Erika Wah in Community Building (ewah@shecan.global).

Moon Sum is a Senior at Beloit College, majoring in Political Science and Critical Identity Studies. She is very active both academically and in leadership positions. Moon is the founder of the Asia Pacific Students Association at Beloit College, which is a club that received the Nouveau Award in 2022 for its leadership role at Beloit. Moon also serves as a Funding Board Member, one of the positions of the Beloit Student Government (BSG). Moon has received the Jane Quisenberry Wirtz and W. Willard Wirtz Endowed Scholarship since 2022, which was carefully selected by the Department of Political Science at Beloit College for her exceptional leadership inside and outside the classroom, and her commitment to bringing positive changes to world politics. 

Before coming to the US, Moon was selected to participate in the JENESYS Exchange Program in 2018, and studied abroad in Japan where she met high-potential youth from three countries – Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. They exchanged culture, and traditions, and discussed social and environmental issues. In the 2022-2023 academic year, Moon was fully funded by Beloit College to study abroad in both the UK and Malta to learn more about global politics, social justice, and cultural observation.

In the summer of 2022, Moon received funding from SHE-CAN’s Make A Change Program to empower 200+ women across Cambodia to get higher education. The same summer, she also completed a summer fellowship with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice which strengthened her ability and commitment to work with both local and international organizations, improving the social work sector and social justice for global citizens.

Moon is very passionate about bringing awareness to controversial social issues. In Cambodia, she was invited to join a debate program with Perspective Cambodia for several months, where she discussed problems facing Cambodia such as traffic accidents, substance abuse problems, and human rights violations. She also led a group of Cambodian University students to raise awareness for Freedom of Expression in Cambodian Higher Education Institutions. Moon received second place in the Youth and Culture Debate of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Her time spent debating has led her to appreciate how Cambodia would change if the youth started to understand the country’s various social struggles. Moon hopes to become an advocate in Cambodia to help poor families, improve their standards of living, and solve human rights violations.

Highlights From Moon’s Work Experience:

Office Programmer Lead, Student Engagement and Leadership, Beloit College

Intern, Vital Voices

Project Assistant, Weissberg Foundation

Make A Change Lead, Cambodia

Dean’s List GPA: 3.9

Languages Spoken: English and Khmer


Academic Major

Political Science & Critical Identity Studies
Class of 2024

Mentor Team

Elise Balelo, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
Cathy Batteer, Senior Vice President, Payor Contacting Strategies, Aglion Health
Jenny Bond Murray, Coach, Jenny Bond Coaching
Andrea Leeb, Owner/Attorney, The Law Office of Andrea L. Leeb, APC
Camille Mixter, Product Manager, Facebook
Natalie Oei, Senior Product Manager, Atlassian