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UW-Madison students push for Hmong-American studies program

A group of Hmong-American undergraduates is pushing administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to hire more faculty who study the ethnic group and to launch a program through which students can earn a certificate in Hmong-American studies.

Several students of Southeast Asian descent formed the Hmong-American Studies Committee, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The group envisions a program focusing on "Hmong-Americans in America today" and seeks courses on culture, educational policy, history and social welfare.

The committee also wants the university to open a Hmong cultural center on campus, similar to a hub for black students that is opening this semester.

It'll be hard to make the students' idea a reality as state budget cuts have led some of the university's departments to slash jobs.


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