Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

Hmong Night at Eureka High School - November 16, 2016

Social Work News

Eureka High School AVID (Advancement Via Individuals Determination) Club held a "Hmong Night" on Nov 16th in celebration of the coming Hmong New Year. Students and community members were welcomed to attend. The Club provided traditional Hmong dishes for attendees as well as entertainment such as Hmong dances and songs.

Mailee Yang, HSU Department of Social Work Hmong Community Outreach Coordinator, tabled at the event to provide information about the Department's BASW and MSW program to interested EHS Hmong students.

The Department would like to thanks EHS, Mrs. Sanchez and Mr. Franklin for the tables at the event.

Mailee writes:

As a longtime Humboldt resident of 28 years, I am deeply passionate about improving the livelihoods of local residents as well as enriching the community. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2007 and Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2012, both of which were obtained here at HSU. Between the years of 2012 and 2015, I had been employed as a social worker for Humboldt County Child Welfare.

My goal as a coordinator is to strengthen the Department of Social Work’s relationships with Hmong communities in the region, since Northern California has a sizable population of Hmong residents yet the Hmong communities north of the Sacramento Valley still remain relatively invisible and under-served. Two of the most glaring issues with providing much-needed social services for the local Hmong are the language barrier and the education barrier. Even for the younger generations of Hmong who have grown up learning English, they may still lack a nuanced understanding of the resources and opportunities available for them, their parents, and their community.My long-term vision is to help enhance the inclusiveness of HSU and the larger community by assisting Hmong students who have a passion in social service. In doing so, I believe I can guide Hmong students toward an academic path that provides them with the essential tools and knowledge to serve their community more meaningfully.

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