Meet Nancy Xiong
What would your walk out song be?
Why did you join HIP?
I remembered my colleague encouraging me to attend a HIP meeting back in January 2013. I didn't know what to expect. I came to the meeting hoping to get some more information about the organization but (BAM!) to my surprise, I was pulled into their strategic planning around stopping the SCUSD school closures. It all happened so fast! Two years later and we're still going strong.
How has being a part of HIP impacted your life?
I grew so much the last two years since I've joined HIP. After I graduated from college, I was that wide-eyed new grad that wanted to change the world. To be honest, I found out the hard way that the change I wanted wasn't going to be easy or happen instantly. HIP provided me a space to be innovative and grow my skill sets. I get to work with a bunch intelligent people who bring different skills to the table. It can be intimidating at first but so rewarding at the end because you learn so much. HIP allowed me to grow in ways that I could have never imagined and taught me to take ownership of my work.
Why should someone join HIP?
If you join HIP, you will learn to be effective and strategic at whatever you do and apply it to every aspect of your life. Change doesn't happen overnight but if you're willing to learn and put in the work--we're here to support you. You just need to recognize your own potential. So join HIP and allow yourself to grow!
What is your favorite moment from your time in HIP?
I think meeting some of my closest friends in HIP. In addition to organizing together, we've found time to travel, attend basketball/soccer games and cook dinners together. I'm thankful that the HIP space has allowed me to create long lasting friendships.
Where do you think the Hmong community will be in 5 years? in 20?
I hope that the Hmong community will have a strong voting base and continue to insert themselves in different spaces to make meaningful change.
When I'm not hustling for HIP, you can find me...
making homemade ice cream, whipping up something good to eat, and enjoying my arts and crafts projects.