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Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events continue

April 12, 2013

HmongHeritageMonth2013EAU CLAIRE — A month of events promoting appreciation for and education about Hmong culture and history is planned during April at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The following Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events will be held during the third week of April:

  • Window Painting: April 14, 5-8 p.m., Davies Center Students can paint windows in Davies Center in celebration of Hmong heritage. All supplies will be provided.
  • Food Workshop: April 17, 5-7 p.m., Towers Hall social lounge — Participants will learn how to cook several Hmong dishes and will have the opportunity to enjoy the meal afterward. To RSVP for this event, contact Mary Lee at leemary@uwec.edu.
  • Hmong Studies Research Workshops: April 18, 5-7 p.m., Hibbard Hall, Room 102 — Student researchers and community members will present their work regarding Hmong communities.
  • Spring Diversity Conference: April 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodland Theater, Davies Center — The theme of the conference is "We Don't Ever Talk about Race Together ... Like Ever." The goal of the event is to give people the tools that would increase their awareness of race and racism through learning, break down boundaries through understanding and engage through interacting. Attendees must RSVP for the event by completing the conference survey.

A complete calendar of Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events is available on the event website.

Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month was established in 2012 by UW-Eau Claire student Mai Neng Vang, a senior psychology major from Eau Claire, with support from the university's Dean of Students Office. A committee of students and staff members from across campus (including Housing and Residence Life, Affirmative Action, Admissions and the Office of Multicultural Affairs) coordinates events for Hmong Heritage Month.

The Hmong Heritage Month website includes the following mission statement: "The Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month (HHM) was established to promote an appreciation for and education of the complexities of Hmong culture and history among members of the UW-Eau Claire campus and the Eau Claire community. The events are meant to be impactful and informative experiences for university students, staff/faculty, and community members; it is the hope of the committee that HHM will inspire conversations about current issues in the Hmong community as well as foster critical thinking about the challenges that the Hmong community continues to face in America."

For more information about Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month, contact Mai Neng Vang at vangmn@uwec.edu.

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