The Hmong Milwaukee Civic Engagement Project

The Hmong Milwaukee Civic Engagement Project is Hmong Diaspora Studies Program’s collaboration with Southeast Asian Educational Development, Inc. (SEAED) and Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) to build the capacity of former Hmong refugees and their children to become active participants in all sectors of the larger community. Funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in Fall 2015 as part of its Racial Equity and Inclusion program, the project will lay the groundwork for a Hmong community that is equipped to help solve social problems and build impactful organizations. It will be carried out in two phases: 1) conducting an environmental scan of the community through storytelling circles, and 2) establishing a community leadership-training program. Participants will help to create a shared vision for the future. For more information on how to get involved, contact Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, principal investigator at

Hmong Milwaukee CEP Report
Transforming a Community for Action: Hmong Americans in the Milwaukee Area

Milwaukee Area Hmong Writing Project

The Milwaukee Area Hmong Writing Project (MAHWP) is an intergenerational writing effort that empowers ordinary people to tell their own life stories in English and in Hmong. It is led by Dr. Chia Youyee Vang (associate professor of History at UWM), Dr. Aline Lo (assistant professor of English at Allegheny College), and Ching-In Chen (poet, community activist, and doctoral candidate in English at UWM).

Ching In and Aline giving Amy feedback