Gender, women, & sexuality studies major and Asian American studies, history, and US comparative race & ethnicity minors, 2017.
Kaochi Pha is currently pursuing a BA in gender, women, and sexuality studies with minors in Asian American studies, history, and US comparative race & ethnicity. She highlights the Asian American studies program as key in raising her political consciousness and recognizing her identity within the social sphere. Through the Asian American studies program, Kaochi was able to study her own identity along with other Asian American identities for the first time and it has helped shape her perspective on historical and current events surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender. She has served on the Hmong Minnesota Student Association board as secretary, in which she dedicated her time to creating resistance and reclamation for the Hmong American identity on campus. She also helped organize the student-led coalition, Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) for Equity and Diversity. Her work is grounded on grassroots organization and coalition building between Hmong and Asian American communities, as well as other underrepresented communities.