History of HSU

288955_2437034369105_135093381_oHSU Freshmen Fall Welcome 2011


  • Establishment of the Hmong Student Union by UC Davis students lead by Paul Lo (1st HSU president), Blong Roger Ly, Paul Her, and Bill Wong.

1993 – 1998

  • Organized the 1st Annual High School Educational Outreach Conference.
  • Began an annual HSU newsletter titled, “The Story Cloth,” that was published quarterly.
  • Recipient of the Student Leadership Award by the UC Davis Office of the Vice .
  • Recipient of the 1993-1994 UC Davis Community Service Award by the Human Corps.
  • Hosted the 1st Annual HSU Spring Formal Boat Dance on the Delta King Riverboat on the Sacramento River.
  • Created the Southeast Asian Furthering Education (SAFE) student group.
  • HSC participants exceeded 300 count.

2000 – 2001

  • HSU in the Political Arena: HSU members lead the “Teach-In” outside Mrak Hall to address student demands on cultural issues.
  • Hosted the 1st Annual Masquerade Ball that replaced the Riverboat Dance.
  • Hosted the 1st Annual College Experience Days event to extend HSC’s mission.
  • Recipient of the Student Leadership Award by the UC Davis Office of the Vice Chancellor.
  • Recipient of the 2000-2001 Outstanding Organization for Community Service by the Human Corps.
  • Recipient of the Kaplan’s Outstanding Contribution Award by UC Davis.

2006 – 2008

  • Winter Quarter: After 8 years, HSU is no longer the mother organization of SAFE.
  • Tub Ntxhais Hmoob of HSU come together to perform Hmong dances in the group “Hmong Motionz,” which is founded by a UC Davis & HSU alumni.
  • HSU hosts the Hmong Students Inter-Collegiate Coalition Meeting at UC Davis.
  • Created the HSU Library for members as a resource to lend, buy, and sell textbooks online.

2010 – 2015

  • Redesigned the HSU logo, but kept the original qeej symbol.
  • Renamed the High School Conference to Higher Youth Empowerment Conference.
  • Held the first HSU Scholarship Banquet.
  • Organized the first Rose Ball replacing the Masquerade Ball.
  • Held the first four days and three nights “College Experience Days (CED)”

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