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UW-Eau Claire Names Charles Vue|
Hmong/Southeast Asian Program Coordinator
MAILED: Jan. 25, 1999|
The first Hmong graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has returned to the university to work with multicultural students.
Charles C. Vue is the Hmong/Southeast Asian program coordinator in the American Ethnic Coordinating Office.
"Southeast Asian students and parents are faced with many barriers, especially Hmong parents who do not read or write enough English to adequately understand the process, expectations and demand of attending a university," Vue said. "I want to help facilitate the process so that students and their parents can have a better understanding of their educational plans. To be successful academically in college, students need to have support from their families, an understanding of themselves and learn how to maneuver within their environment."
Vue's responsibilities include administering programs that serve multicultural students, with an emphasis on Hmong/Southeast Asian students; administering academic support programs for targeted students; developing and coordinating multicultural student recruitment and retention activities; providing academic counseling/advising to targeted students; and helping evaluate and monitor UW-Eau Claire programs and policies that directly affect multicultural students.
Education is the key to self-sufficiency, Vue said of his commitment to higher education. "Providing people with an education will enhance their chances of helping themselves as well as others in their world," he said. "Students need to view the educational system as just one platform for learning. We all need to be lifelong learners."
Vue graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1989 with a degree in social work. Since earning his degree, he has worked as a social worker for the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services. He also has worked as a multicultural consultant for the Multicultural Information Center in Milwaukee. He earned a masters of social work degree from UW-Madison in 1997.
"I will utilize my personal experiences as a graduate of UW-Eau Claire and my counseling knowledge as a social worker to work with prospective students, to cultivate enrolled students' strengths and to utilize the programs and strengths of UW-Eau Claire to support their educational plans," Vue said.
Vue said his goal in his new position is to help students reach their goals, and he hopes to show those students the importance of being a positive role model by being one.
A current member of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Board of Directors and the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association Board of Directors, Vue also has served on the Chancellor's Task Force on Minority Recruitment and Retention, the Eau Claire Housing Authority Board of Directors and the UW-Eau Claire Social Work Department Board of Directors.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 25, 1999