About the 14th Annual UNAVSA Leadership Conference

The Organization

The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) is an organization with the mission to empower the next generation of Vietnamese leaders with a passion for service, propensity for leadership, and self-awareness with the intent of advocating for progress in the North American Vietnamese community. UNAVSA’s vision is to be a model organization developing proud connected self aware leaders as a means to create a united and thriving Vietnamese community.


The Conference

Over the past fourteen years, one of UNAVSA’s largest and most important projects has been its annual leadership conference. Held in multiple major cities across North America, this conference aims at motivating and inspiring individuals within the Vietnamese-American and Canadian community to step up in building and progressing the community. The conference includes an array of programming focused on leadership building, professional development, social justice, culture, academics, and many more subjects relevant to the North American Vietnamese community. Entertainment is offered throughout the weekend with performances during the traditional culture show and gala events. Family program activities are organized to allow attendees to network and build relationships over the course of a few days.

Unlock the Present

The 14th Annual UNAVSA Leadership Conference (UNAVSA-14) aims at taking the best of past conferences and building toward the future of the organization. This year’s theme, Unlock the Present, directly calls for attendees to focus and be active in the here and now. Through challenging programming, UNAVSA hopes attendees are able to observe and analyze the current social climate, while engaging in conversations and activities that promote the very ideals of collaboration, collectivism, understanding and unity. Please join UNAVSA this summer in the city of New Orleans, as we focus on ways we can act in the present as leaders of the North American Vietnamese community.

July 20th – 23, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana