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Hmong American Community Certificate Program

  • Edgewood College Deming Way Campus 1255 Deming Way Madison, WI, 53717 United States (map)
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FIVE Saturday workshops in October & November in Madison

The Hmong American Certificate Program is designed to help you understand the history, refugee experience, culture, and challenges of the Hmong American communities. Through these workshops, you will have the opportunity to meet Hmong presenters of different experiences, and engage in activities and discussions that will help you sharpen your knowledge and skills to serve Hmong clients or interact with Hmong individuals, leaders, youth and women. Participants who complete 4 out of the 5 sessions will earn a program certificate. CEUs are available for each session. Participants also have the option to earn, for an additional cost, graduate level credit from Edgewood College.

This Certificate Program is a joint partnership between The Hmong Institute and Edgewood College to further enhance providers’ knowledge and skills as they invest in providing culturally competent services to the Hmong American community. It meets five Saturdays in October and November in Madison. The trainers have 30 years of experience serving Hmong American communities in Wisconsin at various capacities.

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Register for all 5 workshops together, or for individual sessions.

A program certificate can be earned by completing 4 of the 5 sessions.

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Graduate credits from Edgewood College can be earned for an additional fee.

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Why did the Hmong come to America?

Sat. October 6, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Increase your knowledge of the role of Hmong people during the Vietnam War and why the Hmong joined the CIA’s Secret War. Learn about the Hmong refugee experiences, hear difficult stories and meet Hmong elders.

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What is unique about the Hmong clan, kinship & family structure?

Sat. October 13, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Gain a better understanding of the demographics of the Hmong in Wisconsin. Learn more about the unique role of the Hmong clan, kinship, and family structure. You will meet and hear from clan leaders.

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What are the roles of Hmong elders, men, women & youth in Hmong society?

Sat. October 27, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Hear about the traditional roles of elders, men, women, & children and how these roles have evolved over time. You'll be able to identify strategies and guidelines for empowering Hmong society in decision making, and better understand boundary issues unique to elders, women and children.

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Hmong culture, traditions and the challenges of practicing in Wisconsin

Sat. November 3, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about Hmong New Year, and wedding & funeral traditions, as well as about the Hmong culture. We will also explore health issues in the Hmong community, the role of higher education, and the unique challenges and opportunities for Hmong in Wisconsin.

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Hmong music, arts, and crafts

Sat. November 10, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

 This last seminar explores the cultural role and influence of music & the arts in the Hmong community. Learn more about traditional Hmong music through experiential learning and hands-on opportunities to play traditional instruments. Meet and hear from local Hmong musicians.

Location and Fees


Edgewood College Deming Way Campus
1255 Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717

The fee is $259.00 to participate in a one-day workshop. Registering for the entire series will save you money! Additional costs are associated with taking the series for graduate-credit at Edgewood College.


For more information, please email the Hmong Institute at or call Peng Her at 608-571-3272

Graduate credits or CEUs: