Conference to feature Miss Hmong America, other speakers

February 17, 2014

Two keynote speakers and Miss Hmong America 2013 will highlight the 28th annual Hmong Education Conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at UW-Stout.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. Admission, including lunch on Saturday, is free. The themeis Adaptive Leadership: Changing it Up.

About 200 people are expected to attend.

HSSO logoThe keynote speaker Friday night will be Lee Pao Xiong, director of the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul, at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker Saturday will be Amy Hang, policy coordinator for the office of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, at 10:30 a.m.

Workshops will be held both days. Der Yang, Miss Hmong America 2013, will be one of the speakers. Others include Mai H. Vang, special assistant to the chancellor for Equity and Affirmative Action at UW-Stevens Point; Dang Yang, multicultural recruitment coordinator in the School of Education at UW-Stout; Scot Vaver, an instructor in the business department at UW-Stout; and Mary McManus, assistant director of the Memorial Student Center at UW-Stout.

Hmong singers and dancers will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event is sponsored and organized by the Hmong Stout Student Organization, with about 20 members of HSSO volunteering. The event director is Sheenab Her, HSSO vice president.

"The goal for the conference is to educate and promote the Hmong culture to the public and to the campus," said Her, a food science major from Wausau.

Asian Americans accounted for 3.2 percent of UW-Stout's fall enrollment of 9,286.

Preregistration is not required, but the HSSO encourages anyone planning to attend to register.