Diversity Leader Featured in Southeast Asia Group's Annual Report

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- Lena Tran, a 2014 University of South Dakota graduate who’s now its intercultural programming coordinator, has met a fundraising goal as part of her effort to help other Asian Americans hone their leadership skills.

During May, which is Asian American Pacific Islander Month, Tran raised more than her $1,000 goal for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Leadership Advocacy Training in Washington. SEARAC was founded in 1979 to facilitate the relocation of Southeast Asian refugees into American society and to foster the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asian Americans. The money Tran raises will go toward the cost of sending aspiring advocates to the training, which she attended in 2014. Her fundraising page.

Tran was featured in SEARAC’s 2015 annual report for helping to educate South Dakotans about issues that are important to the state’s Asian American population, estimated to be 1-2 percent. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader also profiled her last year.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News