Hmong American Political Participation Project

Beginning in 2007, this multi-year, ongoing collaborative project was created to survey Hmong-American political participation in Marathon County and to design programming to educate the target community on the process of voter registration, voting, and other forms of civic participation. Led by UW- Marathon County Associate Professor of Political Science and WIPPS Director, Eric Giordano, and the non-profit organization Kids Voting USA-Wisconsin, partners and sponsors include the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association, the Department of Public Instruction, UW-Marathon County, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the Wausau Daily Herald, Marathon County, and the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. Intended outputs include increasing the level of political participation among Hmong-Americans in Marathon County, and research results from the project will be used as a lessons-learned model for other community programs. UW- Marathon County students helped design and create the program, which offers additional educational value by providing service-learning opportunities for high school and college students.