Vsao Goes To Uvsa Midwest's 15th Annual Via 1 Conference!

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Vsao Goes To Uvsa Midwest's 15th Annual Via 1 Conference!
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Registration for UVSA-Midwest's 15th Annual Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) Conference is almost up! This year's conference will be held the weekend of March 17th-19th at The Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

WHAT IS VIA-1?
Every year, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest (UVSA-Midwest) hosts the Vietnamese Interacting as One (VIA-1) Conference in a selected state within the region. For the upcoming Spring, the University of Minnesota has been given the opportunity to be the site of this upcoming conference, which will take place from March 17-19, 2017. As UVSA-Midwest’s largest event, VIA-1 brings together hundreds of individuals from VSA communities not only from the Midwest region but also from other areas of the country. This conference aims to develop and strengthen leadership skills of young professionals through workshops and activities, but also encourages them to inspire others and make great accomplishments by utilizing the knowledge and skills obtained over the weekend.

WHAT IS THE THEME?
Asian-Americans are often referred to as the “silent minority,” and it is our responsibility to shift that perspective and dismantle this stereotype. In 2016, we are still combating racism and xenophobia from our society while trying to dissolve the classism, ableism, colorism, sexism, and many other prejudices that still exist and run rampant in our community. This year's theme, Cùng Nhau Lên Tiếng: Together, Let’s Raise Our Voices, encourages our attendees to use their voices to challenge harmful ingrained cultural and societal norms, spread awareness of issues that are destroying our communities, and to fight for a more equitable and just society because we become the spaces we create. From deconstructing the Model Minority Myth, to exercising the privilege to vote, to protesting for justice for our people and other communities of color, raise your voice and use your power proudly. Our collective survival and progress depend on it.

HOW DO I REGISTER?
You can register at http://via1.org/registration/ once it is up on January 8th, 2017. The registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner banquet on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday and a VIA-1 t-shirt! In addition to registration, hotel rooms will be $68.75 per person per two nights in a 4 person room.

Registration dates are:

- Early registration (100 paid attendees cap): $65
January 8th to January 21th 11:59 PM CST

- Regular registration (200 paid attendees cap): $75
January 22th to February 11th 11:59 PM CST

Refund Deadline: February 4th is the last day for any conference related refunds.

If you have any questions, email me at elizabeth.nguyen@uvsamidwest.org or UVSA-Midwest at registration@uvsamidwest.org!
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