Kaochi Pha

Kaochi Pha (she/her) is a proud daughter of Hmong refugees. From a young age, she experienced the harsh realities growing up second-generation American while simultaneously navigating her identity as a Hmong woman. This shaped her political and social consciousness and led to her aspiration of supporting underrepresented communities professionally. She has worked in a variety of nonprofit and public organizations supporting reproductive justice efforts, K-12 education, and higher education. She is currently employed in Human Resources at Minneapolis Public Schools. In addition to her professional achievements, Kaochi is a passionate organizer and active member of her community. She has been involved in local social justice projects around Minneapolis and volunteers her time to support Asian American-based organizations. She is currently a committee member of local BSA Northern Star Council Troop 100 and board member for MN Zej Zog, both serving Hmong youth. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies with minors in Asian American Studies, History, and U.S. Comparative Race & Ethnicity. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Youth Development Leadership, all from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, disc golfing, watching anime, and attending concerts.

AGITATE! Content by Kaochi Pha

Violent Invisibilities: The Battle for Hmong and Southeast Asian American Legibility in Higher Education