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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Every other year, HND hosts the Hmong National Development Conference (HNDC). The HNDC embodies HND’s mission and goals by bringing together community members, professionals, politicians, scholars, youth, business owners and more to network, dialogue, and celebrate the community’s accomplishments. Over the course of the three-day conference, various events are held to build capacity, educate attendees on Hmong issues, and discuss pressing issues in the Hmong community.
The 16th HND Conference, held in Fresno, CA in April 2013, featured over 70 workshops presented by over 50 organizations, universities, corporations and federal agencies from across the country. It drew over 1,000 national attendees and linked participants with long-standing HND partners such as Wells Fargo, Comcast, the White House Initiative on AAPIs, community based organizations, universities and many more.
The 17th Hmong National Development Conference will be held in St. Paul MN from April 17-19, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul - Riverfront.
ABOUT THE THEME
The theme, “Honoring Our Legacy, Onward to Prosperity” was chosen because 2015 marks the 40th year that Hmong have been in the United States since the first refugees came in 1975. We have endured and overcome many obstacles over the past 40 years. For instance, in 1990 64% of Hmong lived in poverty. In 2010 that rate declined to 25%. While that is a significant decrease, that still means that 1 in 4 Hmong families are currently living in poverty; this is one of the highest poverty rates across race/ethnic groups. While we have come quite far, there is still farther to go.
The conference is an opportunity for the best and brightest from within and outside of the Hmong community to come together and strategize around how to create a prosperous future for the community. This includes economic prosperity but also encompasses health and wellness, education, socio-cultural factors and more.
Guided by this year’s theme, the 17th HND Conference’s three key priorities are to:
1) Honor the legacy of the past 40 years in America: Recognizing how far we have come, the leaders who have paved the way, and the sacrifices of those who’ve come before us.
2) Share current and anticipated issues and challenges facing the community, as well as the latest research, best practices, and developments from multiple sectors.
3) Discuss action steps on how to ensure the next 40 years see a vibrant and prosperous Hmong community; create solutions at both local and national levels and forecast future trends in policy, programming and research.
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Hmong National Development, Inc. (HND) is a national, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization.