NOU XIONG Q&A
COLLEGE LEADERS 17
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Nou Xiong, 18, is a second generation Hmong immigrant pursuing a nursing degree at Concordia University. She has been involved with the Hmong American Women’s Association and after graduation hopes to work with victims of human sex trafficking. Q: Fifty years ago, America saw the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act passed, yet today we still see pronounced disparities. What do you see as a more effective focus for truly achieving equity in the United States? A: America is known as the land of the free, but there are great differences between freedom and capability. I believe that a fair education system — where students of all backgrounds can have the necessary tools to achieve and reach their goals — is the outlet for truly achieving equity in the United States. Q: From your perspective, why does equity matter? A: Equity is a crucial aspect to the progress of our society
economically, socially, culturally and politically that not enough people understand yet. It is nearly impossible for one to achieve the same goals as others if they are beginning from a disadvantage and do not have the necessary resources. Q: How can equity and inclusion benefit all of us and move our region forward? A: There are great minds that cannot reach their potential due to the simple fact of being born into disadvantageous circumstances. In order for us as a region and a community to move forward, there needs to be an elimination of unfair biases, stereotypes and barriers that limit opportunities and success.
It is nearly impossible for one to achieve the same goals as others if they are beginning from a disadvantage and do not have the necessary resources.