ISHE (Inspiration for Scholars for Higher Education) is having its 10th official year of outreaching this year (11 years since its formation). ISHE was created as a branch off of its main organization, the Hmong Students Association (HSA) with the founders being Kia Vue and Melody Thaoxaychai.

They decided to name this program as ISHE pronounced I-SHE to give homage to the women who invested their time into this outreach program. ISHE first program targeted Fresno CA and brought up less than 15 participants to UCSC. As this is the 10th official year, it's a landmark programming year and ISHE, Kia Vue is going to be speaking as the Keynote speaker for ISHE.

The Hmong Student Association (HSA) outreach program called, Inspiration for Scholars of Higher Education (ISHE) was created as a resource for underprivileged Hmong high school students. Due to low college enrollment rates and the poverty in which the Hmong community lives in, many Hmong high school students decides to not continue their education after graduating from high school. We, members of HSA, want to give Hmong students a chance to experience the college life and learn about the different resources that they can receive to pursue a higher education. Throughout the program, we will be providing workshops about admissions, financial aid, EOP, and even a short Hmong Identity Workshop to give students a chance to voice themselves about their own identities. The purpose of ISHE is to give Hmong students an open door to opportunities, raise awareness of the Hmong struggle, and inform Hmong students that higher education is a possibility.

The current coordinators are: Andrew Yang (2nd Year, College 10 affiliate) and Panghoua Her (4th Year, Crown affiliate). The current interns are: Fuchee Vanchaisong (1st Year, Stevenson affiliate), Cassie Xayaseng (1st Year, Rachael Carson affiliate) and lastly Mai Thao Lee (3rd Year, Merrill affiliate).

For more information, please contact ishe.hsa.ucsc@gmail.com 


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