University of Wisconsin-Stout

Mai Kao Xiong, a graduate assistant and associate adviser in the Office of Multicultural Student Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, has been named the university’s 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Woman of Color Award.

The award recognizes women of color on each UW System campus who have initiated positive change in their communities in the areas of diversity and women’s issues.

Xiong will receive the award April 21 during the UW System annual Women’s Studies Conference in Madison.

Xiong, a single mother, is a graduate student majoring in school psychology in the School of Education. One of her greatest contributions is her encouragement of other Hmong women to major in elementary education through Project Teach. Project Teach is a grant-funded, community renewal project and is a cooperative effort with UW-La Crosse.

Xiong also is a leader within the Hmong Stout Student Organization and has led a coalition to foster tutoring and improve language skills for women of color through a cultural reading program at an area elementary school.

To interview Xiong, contact her at