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When Cha speaks, people listen

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Professor Dia Cha has received more than sixteen awards recognizing her academic achievement, leadership and commitment to helping others.

Whether she’s on the world stage or in front of her class, Dia Cha speaks with authority. An associate professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, Cha writes books, publishes journal articles, testifies before Congress and presents to national and international bodies. She’s one of the leading scholars of the Hmong-American experience, honored for her contributions and sought for her expertise.

Students know Cha as a field trip leader who has guided classes to Thailand, Laos and Washington D.C. Cha is a product of the Hmong diaspora from Laos. As a young girl she lived four years in refugee camps in Thailand before emigrating to the United States in 1979. She holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.