Frequently asked questions
What is the Annual UNAVSA Leadership Conference?

The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) annually hosts a continental leadership conference that invites students and young professionals from across North America to gather for an event that will serve as a catalyst to motivate and inspire leaders within the Vietnamese-American and Canadian community. After being held in twelve different cities in the last twelve years, the 14th Annual UNAVSA Leadership Conference (UNAVSA-14) is set for New Orleans, Louisiana in Summer 2017. Visit the About page for more information.

What happens during conference?

The conference includes an array of programming focused on leadership building, professional development, social justice, culture, academics, and many more subjects relevant to the Vietnamese-American and Canadian 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 throughout the weekend. The location and dates for this four day, three night conference have yet to be determined. The official conference program generally begins on a Thursday at 7:00PM and concludes on a Sunday at 1:00PM.

What is UNAVSA?

The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization. UNAVSA is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leaders who will serve as stewards of the Vietnamese community. Visit About UNAVSA for more information.

Who will participate?

University students as well as young professionals will participate in the conference. Most attendees are affiliated with a Vietnamese-American or Canadian student organization (VSAs, VSUs, UVSAs, etc.) seeking to develop personal leadership abilities, build on organizational management skills, and network with other leaders from around the country.

What is UNAVSA’s vision?

Despite over thirty years of history in North America, there have been few opportunities for emerging Vietnamese-American and Canadian leaders to develop concrete leadership skills and work on specific community projects together. Meanwhile, campus and regional student organizations everywhere continue to battle with common issues of executive board turnover, improper project management, and membership recruitment and retention, among many others. UNAVSA empowers constituent organizations and their leaders by helping them learn from the experiences of professionals and each other. In addition to educating members about issues, building relationships, and inspiring activism, UNAVSA provides a network of resources for attendees to gain the requisite leadership and management skills to better contribute to the communities in which they live.

Which airport should I fly to?

Guests should fly into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Is there a specific hotel to stay at?

Conference guests are asked to stay at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, where all of conference will take place. UNAVSA has secured a discounted rate for guests booking rooms through us.

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