Vietnamese Interacting as One Conference

The Vietnamese Interacting as One  (VIA-1) Conference is an annual event bringing young Vietnamese leaders from all over the country together. During the conference, hundreds of students and young professionals hone their leadership skills, hold discussions with speakers, and explore issues in the Vietnamese-American youth community. By coming together, we can achieve solidarity, collaborate on issues concerning our communities and universities, and encourage the growth of Vietnamese leaders. The VIA-1 Conference is considered to be one of the premier youth conferences in the country and is the only Vietnamese American regional conference in the Midwest.

In collaboration with UVSA-Midwest, a proud Midwest school hosts the  Annual VIA-1 Conference where hundreds of students will partake in a three day event filled with workshops and activities to develop their personal and professional skills. Throughout the conference, VSA’s actively work together to fundraise for the Collective Philanthropy Project, a philanthropic initiative done every year by VSA’s to raise money and help one non-profit organization and their goals to help the Vietnamese community in the U.S. and abroad. Furthermore, participants of the conference have the opportunity to network professionally and socially, making friendships and relationships that last a lifetime.

The VIA-1 Conference offers what many other conferences cannot offer; an opportunity to learn, develop personal and professional skills, and give back to the Vietnamese community. UVSA Midwest makes it a priority to ensure that all conference staff and participants feel a part of the UVSA-Midwest family.

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VIA-1 History

  • 2003: Cincinnati | A Standing Start
  • 2004: Michigan | Lead to Succeed
  • 2005: IVSU (Depaul University; combined with UNAVSA-2) | Action in Unity
  • 2006: University of Minnesota | Con Rồng Cháu Tiên – The Best of Both Worlds: The Merging of Two Cultures
  • 2007: Purdue University | Embrace the Past, Empower the Future
  • 2008: Notre Dame | Golden Dreams
  • 2009: Northwestern University | Come Together
  • 2010: University of Wisconsin-Madison | From Possibility to Actuality
  • 2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | A Story of Our Own
  • 2012: University of Cincinnati | A Decade of Progress
  • 2013: University of Iowa | From Today, For Tomorrow
  • 2014: The Ohio State University | Returning Tides – Forging a New Path
  • 2015: Michigan State University | Bridging Identities
  • 2016: University of Wisconsin-Madison | Shifting the Paradigm|Unity in Voices
  • 2017: University of Minnesota | Cùng Nhau Lên Tiếng: Together, Let’s Raise Our Voices