2012-2013 Cabinet–We are all excited to meet everyone and have some great plans for this year!
Hue Thao – President
3rd year, Civil Engineering Major
This year Hue ran and took up the position as President because he felt the need to revive HSU. As last year’s treasurer, it saddens him to see not many of the members take up the leadership roles during the election of office. At first he thought that he should let a new set of crew take charge of the club. However, he realizes that those running for this year’s cabinet members were not as passionate as they should be about becoming a key officer of the club. He decided to take a stand and ran for Presidency for the 2012-2013 cabinet. Now that he has this position, his main goal is to revitalize the members of HSU and make HSU a fun social club. He hope that by the end of his term, the members would feel honor and excited to take on being a leader in the Hmong community of UC Davis.
To Contact Hue Thao
Chong Vue – Vice President
4th year, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chong Vue is the daughter of Boua Long Vue and See Xiong Vue. She is currently a fourth year student at the University of California at Davis majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her love of caring for others and her curiosity to understand how the human body work aspires her to become a doctor, with a focus in internal medicine. Chong believes that by understanding the functions of the body systems, she will be able to understand a lot more about people and how she can help them. She only got more convinced this is the right field for her through her volunteer hours at the Davis Sutter Hospital and UC Davis Medical Center.
Chong took the position of Vice President of the Hmong Student Union because the goals of the organization are the same as some of her personal life goals. She sees that even though there are many Hmong students in college already, there could be more. She wants to encourage the younger Hmong generations that education is the key to a brighter future and that our parents did not struggle to get to this country for us to fail at getting a decent education. Our parents and the Hmong generations before us deserves more than that and it’s up to the younger Hmong generations to get a better education so we can all give back to the community that raised us.
To contact Chong Vue,
Jenny Vue – Treasurer
4th year, Psychology major and Education Minor
Some of her very exciting hobbies is working on puzzles, and watching the food channel in hopes of magically creating delicious dishes without actually cooking. One thing Jenny wants to do this school year is attend a Ballroom dance class. Jenny is passionate in interacting with the Hmong community, learning more about her own culture, and giving back to the community. Her main focus as Treasurer is to maintain the clubs finance. Being Treasurer, Jenny wants to maintain the strong hold of the club to further the expansion of higher education within the youth of the Hmong community. By envisioning the future of HSU, the Treasurer realistically establishes guidelines for the organization while deterring from impending on the creativity of the members.
To Contact Jenny Vue
Pa Houa Moua – Historian
4th year, Dramatic Arts Major Emphasis in Theatre
Pa Houa Moua love to play softball, do ballet, photography, and eat exotica food. She enjoys traveling and going on adventures. Her passion is fine arts and design. She is a theatre major focusing on costume design. She enjoys designing costume for theatre and film, and wants to do research on Hmong traditional clothing in the near future hoping to create historical documentation of traditional Hmong clothes and influence the world of design. As the Historian of HSU, she takes picture and record events. She hopes to maintain the history of Hmong Student Union and share it with both the organization and the community, because she believes it is a key aspect to know one’s heritage.
Contact Pa Houa Moua
Lay Vang – BigSib and LilSib Coordinator
2nd year, Undeclared
Lay Vang, is second year at UC Davis, currently Undeclared in Life Sciences in the College of Biological Sciences. Enough with those boring things—he is a FOB! That’s right. Fresh off the Boat. He calls himself this and people also name me this because it perfectly describes who he is: he speaks Hmong, listen and sing Hmong songs, practice Hmong traditions, act Hmong, and he even Hmong dance. Other than being a FOB, his hobbies are playing the guitar, facebooking, and sleeping. Lay also like to play ping pong, volleyball, and yugioh cards. He believes the most interesting thing about me is that he doesn’t read the Naruto Mangas; instead, he wait until the new episodes come out every Thursdays. What irritates me the most is when the new episodes that he has been waiting for all week turn out to be fillers. He would get super upset, but he know that he can’t do anything so he sit back and watch those fillers and wait another week in hope for the next storyline episode to come out. Most importantly, he loves to help out the Hmong community and love to be around Hmong people—that is why he chose to become the Big Sib Lil Sib (BSLS) Coordinator this year. The BSLS program is a program within the club where a lower classman is paired up with an upperclassman. As the Big Sib, his/her duties are to be approachable to their Lil Sib, answer any of their questions, and make sure their Lil Sib is doing fine in college. As the BSLS Coordinator, my job is to make sure that everyone is doing their job; he host events throughout the school year where the pairs can build their relationships. Lay specifically choose the position as Big Sib Lil Sib coordinator because he feels that this program is an essential aspect of the club and he know that the club will be more successful if the BSLS program is successful. With the bond that the pairs have, they encourage each other to attend weekly meetings and also to help out with events that the club has, such as this Scholarship Banquet. He also wanted to give back to the club and becoming an officer was a great way to accomplish that. One last interesting fact about him is that he is right-handed, but he performs all my break-dance moves counterclockwise.
To Contact Lay Vang
Nancy Fang – Higher Education Coordinator
3rd year, Asian American Studies Major and Sociology Minor
Nancy is a third year undergraduate studying Asian American Studies with a minor in Sociology. When Nancy thinks of HSU, she think of having the opportunity to teach, inspire and educate. For as long as she can remember, education was and continues to be the integral factor for herself to grow as a person and learn about who she is and what she aspires to be. Nancy believes the Higher Education Coordinator position embodies the platform for this opportunity. HSU has played a tremendous part of what she aspires to be, to show the whole world that she is proud to be Hmong. The club has showed her how important it is to claim who we are and to educate others. Nancy’s goal for HSU is to inspire others to aspire: she wants to have a strong collaborative effort of the cabinet and the club to voice their experiences, inspirations, and knowledge to those looking for a family environment, higher education knowledge, our Hmong culture and a more than helpful resource. There’s so much power in our voices that she believes can make an impact in everyone’s lives and she would like our club to be the safe harbor anyone from students, parents, siblings, our families, friends and even new strangers can turn to. Higher education has definitely unraveled her truest passions that lie within her identity. Nancy wants to preserve who she is of being Hmong and preserving the Hmong culture through teaching, inspiring, and educating with her voice, our voices. Nancy looks forward to many great things to come!
To Contact Nancy Fang
Dee Dee Yang – Secretary/Intramural Sport Coordinator
2nd year, Design Major Emphasis in Fashion
Dee Dee Yang is the daughter of Paaj Cai Yaaj and Zeb Hawj. She enjoys playing sports, especially soccer. She also finds interest in drawing on her spare time. She is currently the Secretary and IM coordinator of Hmong Student Union. She is a Design Major with a Fashion emphasis at UC Davis and hopes to double major or minor in Textiles & Clothing and Art. Her goals include completing college and becoming a Fashion Designer. Aside from her academic objectives, she has other ambitions she hopes to accomplish in life. As Hmong Student Union’s secretary, she is responsible for taking notes of the meetings, holding all the org documents and keeping the members in check. Although she has these set duties, her main goal as an officer is to be able to empower the Hmong community at UC Davis. It is understand that being Hmong in an ethnically diverse campus is intimidating, and often times belittling. As part of the cab, one thing she hopes that HSU accomplishes is to bring a home environment away from home for Hmong students at UC Davis. By socializing and working collectively as a club, Hmong Student Union is able to bring members closer and journey towards success together. Even though her goals as an officer are to impact the members, she also strives to learn more of herself as a Hmong individual, a student, and a leader.
To Contact Dee Dee Yang
Public Relations Coordinator:
Luc Her – Public Relation
Graduate, English Major
Luc is a recent UC Davis graduate, majored in English. She is currently working as she waits to apply for the Counseling Master’s program at Sacramento State University. Last year, she was nominated for the Public Relations (PR) Coordinator position and with the nomination she accepted. She decided to run for position because she felt that she could better help HSU within this field of work. Luc have had many years of experience with the community and public which she feels HSU can benefit from. Her work with HSU had begun far before my run for position. She have volunteered and taken part in many of the past HSU events.
HSU has changed her perspective of life in numerous ways. Her only desire after such impact is to do the same for her fellow colleagues. So far, this year has been a great year and she hope to continue to take HSU towards its goals of supporting and promoting unity, self-identity, and higher education among Hmong youths.
To Contact Luc Her