The UW Khmer Student Association, UW Vietnamese Student Association and Southeast Asian American Education (SEAeD) Coalition will host the 2018 Rising SEAs conference for Southeast Asian youth across Washington state on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

This is a one-day conference to be held on the UW-Seattle campus in collaboration with local, state and national partners. This event focuses/is aimed at underrepresented SEA youth who come from refugee communities. Registration is open to 8th through 11th grade students in Washington state: tinyurl.com/2018RisingSEAs

The 2018 Rising SEAs conference seeks to civically engage, culturally empower, and educationally invest in the long-term development of underrepresented Southeast Asian youth. Nationally, Southeast Asian (SEA) students face extreme barriers that prevent us from accessing and completing higher education. Only 14 percent of Laotian, 17 percent of Hmong and Cambodian, and 27 percent of Vietnamese Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 54 percent of Asian Americans overall.

At the local level, the Rising SEAs conference was formerly hosted by the UW, but over the past few years, funding and programming that support SEA students have been cut. There are opportunities to both sponsor and table at this event in order to support it. For more information, contact May Saetern of the SEAeD Coalition: 206-880-1669; [email protected].

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