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UW-Madison student Her delivers keynote speech at annual Hmong Gala

April 28, 2015

UW-Madison’s Pa Her delivered the keynote speech at the annual Hmong Gala on Saturday, April 25.

Her is a first-year doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.

Saturday’s event was to celebrate and draw support for the Madison-based Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program, which seeks to “develop productive citizens and leaders through enhancing academic skills.”

Pa Her
Pa Her delivers the keynote talk
at the Hmong Gala April 25.
Her completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a master’s in Counseling at UW-Madison.

According to the Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program’s website: “In the city of Madison, a group of concerned Hmong parents came together in April 2013 to address the lack of opportunity for their children to learn the Hmong language and culture. They identified a need to establish a program that support Hmong students by providing linguistically and culturally responsive learning through validation and affirmation of home language and home culture for the purpose of building and bridging the student to success in academia and mainstream society.”

It continues: “Research shows that students who are conversant in their native language and culture score higher in academia.  After a few meetings, together, they developed a pilot summer camp--the Hmong Language and Cultural Enrichment Program, which is an intensive six-week Hmong language and culture immersion program.”
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