Pre-conference on Intercultural Collegiate Cancer: Understanding Minority

Health Disparities and Making Connections

Concordia University St. Paul | 1280 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55101

Friday March 21, 2014 | 8 am – 5 pm 

In conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies, the Center for Hmong Studies will also be incorporating a pre-conference on Intercultural Collegiate Cancer: Understanding Minority Health Disparities and Making Connections which aims to create awareness of the disproportion in health accessibility and health challenges facing underserved communities of color. Presenters represent diverse disciplines from community health organizations, researcher institutions, and the professional work force. The program will consist of guest speakers, panel discussions, break-out session and a professional round-table discussion that will provide student mentorship.

Some of these health organizations and institutions include:

–          Intercultural Cancer Council

–          Minnesota Department of Health

–          Indigenous Peoples Task Force

–          Insuroon (Envisioning Better Health Outcomes for Somali Women)

–          National African American Tobacco Network

–          Baylor College of Medicine

–          Hmong American Partnership

–          American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

–          American Indian Cancer Foundation

Students pursing in biomedical sciences, including laboratory, clinical, behavioral, and community-based research, public health, medicine, nursing and health education are highly encourage to attend. Students from all other fields of study are also welcome.

Registration is free. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, walk-in registration are welcome.  Space is limited to first 120 people.

For more pre-conference information, please see details below. 

For pre-conference flyer, click on the link: Intercultural Minority Health Disparities Flier

For pre-conference registration only , click on the link: Registration

For pre-conference program, click on the link: Tentative Pre-Conference Health Schedule


The 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies

Concordia University St. Paul | 1280 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55101

Friday March 21, 2014 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday March 22, 2014 | 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

The Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University-St. Paul is pleased to announce its 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies (ICHS) at Concordia University St. Paul. The purpose of this conference is to provide opportunities for emerging and established Hmong and non-Hmong scholars to share their research on Hmong related topics, inspire and motivate students to engage in scholarly research and to recognize distinguished scholars for their work in the field of Hmong studies. The ideas and research presented at the conference will cover current conditions and forthcoming challenges that question and answer who we are as a people and where we will be in this global economy. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with researchers, professionals and students.

Conference presenters and abstracts can be found by clicking on the provide link below:

ICHS Saturday Session Schedule + Abstracts

Please Note: If you plan to attend both the Pre-conference on Intercultural Collegiate Cancer and 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies, please select both options when registering below. 


Drum and Flower Social Hour: Extending the Conversation

Atrium Ballroom at DoubleTree Hotel St. Paul | 411 Minnesota Street St. Paul, MN 55101

Saturday March 22, 2014 | 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


There is no doubt you will have more questions about the field of Hmong Studies after the conference. At this social evening program, you will have the chance to extend those conversations and seek fulfilling answers.

Drums and Flowers have been iconic symbols of gatherings and celebrations in the Hmong culture. By extending that custom, we will bring you the Drum and Flower Social Hour. Day long conferences can be a bit overwhelming, so what’s a better way than to have a relaxing space to enjoy and exchange dialogue with others?

Take the opportunity at this event in the heart of downtown Saint Paul to network with all conference presenters, professionals and students from across multiple disciplines. Enjoy an evening of complimentary finger foods and hors d’oeuvres, with light refreshments.  A cash bar will also be available.

Close out your conference evening with special performances by the original Fresh Traditions duo Tou Saiko Lee and Youa Chang. Also preforming to lighten the atmosphere are spoken-word poets from Speakers of the Sun – Laurine Chang, Chili Lor and Kevin Yang.

We hope to see you there. We bring the drums and flowers; you bring the conversation.

Please note:  This evening program is not  included in the conference registration fee. Its an additional $20 per person. You can register using our registration link below or pay on site. Due to limited capacity (200 attendees) for our evening program, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.


For more conference information, please see details below. 

For conference flyer, click on the link: Flyer

For conference call for paper information, click on the link: Call for Papers

For conference program and session schedule, click on the link: Tentative 5th Int’l Conf Program

For conference sponsorship, click on the link: ICHS Sponsorship Letter

For conference registration, click on the following options:

Online Registration (Electronic payment)


ICHS Mail-In Registration Form (Check payment)

Admission Rates There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more. Please note that this 10% is not included in Saturday’s Evening Program.

Student Admission
     Conference (early registration) $65 (effective thru 3/14/14)
     Conference (after 3/14/14 & on-site registration) $80
General Admission
     Conference (early registration) $80 (effective thru 3/14/14)
     Conference (after 3/14/14 & on-site registration) $100
Evening Program
     Hilton DoubleTree Hotel (Limited to 200 attendees) $ 20


For conference hotel information, please select the given hotel options below:

Hilton DoubleTree Hotel 

– Click on link for reservation: Reserve DoubleTree Hotel.

– The group code is 526.

– Discount rate ends February 28, 2014.

– Contact DoubleTree Hotel at (651) 291-8800.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

– Click on link for reservation: Reserve Crowne Plaza Hotel.

– Crowne Plaza has two options: 1) Guests can CALL & BOOK the rooms with code words: International Hmong Conference or 2) use the access code to book     their room ONLINE (Crowne Plaze: I5M).

– Discount rate ends February 22, 2014.

– Contact Crowne Plaza Hotel at (651) 292 – 1900.

Days Inn Hotel

– Click on link for hotel overview: Days Inn Hotel. 

– Guests should call in to book their hotel room with code words: International Hmong Conference to get the conference rate.

– Contact Days Inn Hotel at (651) 645 – 8681.


Confirmed academic institutions attending the 5th International Conference on Hmong Studies include: 

Central Hmong American Student Affiliation, DC Everest, Gustavus Adolphus College, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Catherine University, St. Cloud State University, St. Olaf College, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of St. Thomas, and Concordia University.


This conference would be not be possible without the generosity of our friends and supporters.  If you have interest in being a sponsor for the conference, please contact us. For any additional concerns or questions, email us at or 651-603-6337.