Dr. Chia Youyee Vang is Professor of History and Associate Vice Chancellor in the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research and teaching interests include the Cold War in Asia, Asian American history, Hmong history, refugee migration and transnational and diasporic communities. Her many books and articles explore the experiences of refugees from the Vietnam War who resettled throughout the Americas and Europe. Outside of academia, Dr. Vang has extensive experience facilitating groups and developing opportunities for diverse communities to dialogue about matters important to them. Since 1999, she has provided research, evaluation, and planning consulting services to nearly 50 community based organizations, philanthropic institutions, and government entities in the human services, health, and education areas. As a former refugee, she is knowledgeable about and sensitive to issues that affect new Americans and other communities of color.
Age range: I’m comfortable speaking to elementary students through retirees and community members of diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic status.