HSA First Official Meeting

What: HSA First Meeting

Where: ERC Lounge

When: Monday, September 27 2010

Time: 7pm-9pm

Come meet new and past members and get to know each other more through our activities and games.

We will be discussing the purpose of the organization and our plans/events throughout the year.

We hope to see you there!

*The ERC Lounge is located by the bookstore on the 3rd floor.

*If you have any questions call Mailor Xiong at (559) 355-2583 or Chong Moua (559) 304-0244.

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HSA Retreat Day 2 9/21/09

The second part of the retreat was Family student housing. At FSH playing field we played an exciting relay race, kickball, an intense capture the flag, and dodgeball.

After we were all worn out, we headed back to Donne’s place to eat. It was a potluck and the food served included burgers, chicken strips, chips, and soda. We then played a couple of games after, starting with Taboo, then a game in which everyone worked together to discover a secret path. We also played a game that made everyone work together to put together a story from hidden pictures. Finally, we played a fishbowl bonding game. Each person wrote down whatever it is they wanted to talk about on a slip of paper and shuffled it into a bowl. Then we each took turns to pick out one to read, then everyone would each comment on the picked out statement.

Overall, it was a fun and fulfilling conclusion to the 2-day retreat and a fresh and exciting start for HSA for the 2009 schoolyear.

HSA Retreat Day 1 9/20/09

The first day of the HSA retreat was held at Mai Xia, Melody, and Dina’s (the girls’) place. After an icebreaker game called “broken picture telephone,” we discussed mostly logistical issues. Mai Xia and Melody prepared a packet filled with forms and useful information for student organizations. It included explanations of student org “pathways,” event approval forms, purchase order forms, CEP forms, etc. Afterward, officers presented their some of their plans for the year.

Student of Color Conference

The Student of Color Conference was definitely a new experience for HSA, as it was our first coordinated workshop. Although there was a bit of confusion in the location, we were nonetheless successful. The facilitators: Kao, Nancy, Moua, and Mai Xia, were dressed up in traditional Hmong clothes as they told their stories of struggles growing up as an American-Hmong and how coming to college made a difference in their lives.

Socc Facilitators

Participants engaged by asking questions about the Hmong culture and struggles. Many of them were amused by knowing what “Hmong” was. Kathy, a UC Davis SOCC participant, contributed that she could relate to some the facilitators’ stories as she shared a bit of her struggles with the participants also. For having this workshop as one of HSA’s first, the facilitators found it to be quite effective and successful.

Blurb above written by Mai Xia.

Kao Xiong: At the UC Students of Color Conference 2007 held at UC Santa Cruz, Hmong Student Association held a workshop called: Different Cities, Different Sexes, Different Ages, Same Struggles. In the pictures posted, I am seen wearing traditional Hmong Green clothing. The vest that I am wearing shows patterns that represent the area that I would be from as well decorations. The pants are baggy, almost like parachute pants represent that I am Hmong Green. At this conference, I talked about my struggles of growing up in a Hmong household. Some struggles included my parents overprotection of me, for example: coming home right after school, not letting me play sports or join clubs, and fear of me becoming a gangster. Overcoming these struggles included becoming closer with my family and learning more about Hmong Culture and Customs. Overall, the workshop’s goal was to empower everyone to look back at their culture with a greater respect and try to hold onto your culture.

Nancy Vang: As a freshmen coming into UC Santa Cruz, I knew that there wasn’t a lot of Hmong students. When I told people I was Hmong, they had confused looks. They would say, “What is Hmong?” I had to tell a little history about my people. It was just great to find a group of people that I can relate to and speak hmong to because I was afraid I might lose the language. It was nice to know that there were Hmong students. Also I guess it made me feel more welcome and like there is a family here at santa cruz too.