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KNOW YOUR IMPACT!  TODAY IS FULL OF POSSIBILITIES.  The 2019 Rebuilding for Learning Summit will feature a compelling meld of state and local speakers As in year’s past, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Join us starting at 7:30 for a light breakfast, coffee, and socializing. The welcome will begin at 8:00 am. Breakout sessions this year focus around the endless possibilities available in our community that make an impact in the lives of students and families in La Crosse.

***Don’t forget to register for the three keynotes and lunch.  
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Maggie Xiong

Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community
Part of the CHMC Co-Leader Team
Yer Maggie Xiong is the Social Justice Director at the non-profit agency called Cia Siab Inc., and she was the former Multicultural Advocate at the non-profit agency New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers with the Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (D.A.R.T.). Yer received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Ethnic Racial Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. There, she has been a member and served as the co-chair and senator of the student organization H.O.P.E. (Hmong Organization Promoting Education). As co-chair and senator, she advocated hard with H.O.P.E for a Hmong Studies certificate program that includes language classes, collaborating with faculty and administrators to achieve that goal. Her work as a campus activist and as a former Youth Advocate in the community will help build the demand for those courses so that the university can offer them regularly, and hopefully build toward the dream of a Critical Hmong Studies program at UWL.

Yer was also a  member of Awareness Through Performance (ATP). ATP is an award-winning program that educates the campus community on issues of race, gender, heteronormativity, disabilities, and more, by performing skits written by the members of each year's troupe, often about their own experiences. Yer co-wrote and acted in three: "Asian Mafia," exploring racial experiences as an Asian person; "We’re Here, Too" on the often-marginalized experiences of women of color; and "Sh!t White Feminists Say," challenging white women to take a more intersectional approach to feminist work.

​Yer was nominated by her professors and received the 2018 Student Activist Award from the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. She currently resides in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as the Social Justice Director at Cia Siab Inc. She is currently working on grassroot organizing in the La Crosse community and creating conversation with the local school boards on supporting Assembly Bill 34, the Hmong Migration Education Bill to be implemented in school curricula.