Southeast Asian American Student Center
In the 1980s, students who were refugees and/or children of former refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam began attending UWM. As first-generation college students, many experienced difficulties navigating campus life and understanding academic expectations. The Southeast Asian American Student Academic Services office was established to help bridge the gaps. For many years, the office provided academic advising and social support to students and families. In 2019, its name changed to Southeast Asian American Student Center (SEAASC). SEAASC continues to play an important role in the recruitment and retention of Southeast Asian American (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian and Vietnamese) students at UWM. It works closely with faculty, staff, families, alumni, and Southeast Asian American community leaders to ensure student success.
SEAASC’s mission is to provide culturally sensitive supportive services that are essential for Southeast Asian American students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to achieve their educational goals.
We achieve our mission by carrying out programs and activities that help to create a friendly campus environment that enables Southeast Asian American students to fully engage in the process of learning and discovery.
- Completion of required admissions steps
- Coordination of campus visits for high school students
- Help with Financial aid (FAFSA) application and verification process
- Send welcome letters to new admitted students
- Outreach to families by attending community events
- Coach students on how to navigate personal and academic challenges and refer them to relevant resources
- Relay relevant information and announcement of important deadlines, university services, academic programs and activities
- Work closely with academic advisors to provide the best course of action for students
- Organize and host welcome reception for new student and returning students
- Host events to celebrate student success
- Assist with career exploration by guiding students to think beyond their undergraduate education to reach their fullest potential
- Connect students with alumni for mentoring opportunities
- Connect students to Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese student organizations and clubs on campus
- Encourage community engagement and service learning within the Southeast Asian American communities
- Collaborate with various organizations to promote cultural discussion and awareness on campus