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A living community for students interested in Hmong culture

For students who share a common interest of the Hmong culture to live in a safe space that will allow them to grow and learn while building a community around them.

There are monthly activities that help students to utilize their resources on campus, and build solidarity between their peers. We hold events that are critical and beneficial to the residents.

Programs + events

  • Monthly General Meetings: share informational slides of critical thinking, academic information, important due dates and teaching the Hmong language
  • HLC History Night: learning about the history of HLC
  • Jumpstart: students come to the residence hall early and get acclimated to the Hmong Living Community
  • Retreat

Living and Learning

HLC is a living community located in Governors Hall on the east wing of the 3rd and 4th floors.

Community members enroll in Hmong 101, Hmong 102 and Hmong 130, and complete the Critical Hmong Studies Certificate. They are instructed by Dr. Kong Pheng Pha.


The Hmong LC is supported by the Hmong Living Community Student Advisory Board as well as its program advisor, Susan Vang.

  • Susan Vang
    Susan Vang Alum

    Admissions Counselor

    Works primarily with first-year students from Northcentral Wisconsin and Northern/Southern Minnesota

    "Nothing brings me more joy than watching students seek their passion and strive for their goals. I am inspired by students every day as they aspire to chase the opportunities that are available to them as Blugolds."

Who can participate?

Anyone who is interested in learning the Hmong culture and living with students with members of the same interest; Students of color, primarily Hmong and Southeast Asian residents.

How do I join the Hmong LC?

Apply to join a Living Learning Community through your Housing Portal. On the LLC page, indicate which of the communities you prefer.

Pro tip! If you are in a roommate group, make sure your roommate(s) indicate the same LLC preferences on their housing application. Otherwise, you may not be placed in the LLC.