For professionals and community members interested in areas of Education, Health and Economic Development in the Hmong community, the HND Conference is the perfect event to engage in these core issues and network with leaders in these fields from across the United States. Click the links below to see how these areas will be featured at the HND Conference (HNDC):
Every other year, HND hosts the Hmong National Development Conference (HNDC). The 16th HND Conference marks a historic year, as 2013 will be the 20th Anniversary of HND! You won't want to miss out on the programs and activities we have planned for our 20th Anniversary. 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 15th HND Conference, held in Minneapolis, MN in April 2011, 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 State Farm and multiple universities and federal agencies while building new partnerships with the White House Initiative on AAPIs and several others. To download the list of workshops and presenters from the HNDC 2011, please CLICK HERE. To learn about the 2013 workshops CLICK HERE.
The 16th Hmong National Development Conference will be held in Fresno, CA from April 5-7, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.
ABOUT THE THEME
The theme, “The Journey Forward: The Next Chapter of Hmong Americans” was chosen because the community is at a critical juncture. Census 2010 data reveals that across race and ethnic groups, Hmong have some of the highest poverty rates and lowest educational attainment rates in the country. While many in the community have risen to positions of leadership and success, the majority of the community continues to struggle. Census data also shows that almost 50% of the Hmong community is under the age of 18.
If we do not take a critical look at the current state of the community and proactively discuss how to advance, the future of the Hmong community will be greatly under-educated and highly impoverished. Something must change.
Guided by this year’s theme, the 16th HNDC’s three key priorities are to:
1) Dialogue about current and anticipated issues and challenges facing the community in order to identify key issues in policy, programming and research
2) Share the latest research, best practices, and developments from multiple sectors in order to forecast future trends
3) Discuss action steps on how to advance the community at both local and national levels
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Hmong National Development, Inc. (HND) is a national, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization.