Nancy Xiong is a first-generation Hmong American born to Hmong refugee parents from Laos and is the first one in her family to attend college. She earned her master of arts in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute and her bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently, she just finished her second master in Sociology and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. Her work and research interest include diversity and inclusion, immigration/refugee studies, gender-based violence, international marriage migration, and Asian American Pacific Islander studies. Nancy has worked, studied and/or lived in Burma, India, Japan, Laos, Nepal, and Thailand. During her free time, she enjoys spending time turning on her creative hat to create works of art from anything and exploring the wonders of the world.
Nancy’s work has been mainly in the higher education setting on issues of gender-based violence. She has organized events such as Take Back the Night, Fear 2 Freedom, Self Care, Self Love events, film screenings on domestic violence/sexual assault and Anti-Street Harassment Week at George Mason University. Academically, she has taught the following courses: global representations of women, introduction to women and gender studies and healthy relationships. Outside of George Mason University, she organizes a biennial Hmong women summit as one of the communication chairs. On the side, she manages a personal blog and podcast showcasing her experiences as a Hmong American cisgender female born to war refugee parents in hopes to inspire her followers the importance of knowing their history and owning their stories.
Nancy is available to speak on the following topics: Global Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence, Healthy Relationships, International Marriage Migration, Lived Experiences as a First Generation Hmong American Female, Social Identities through an Intersectionality Framework, Storytelling: A Tool for Community Engagement and Social Justice