Leadership Training

HNO Leadership Seminar


Course Description:
This one-day didactic seminar is designed to provide participants with information on HNO’s vision, mission, and structure; parenting skills and childhood education; parliamentary procedures; and the U.S. government and politics. Both the public and active HNO members are welcome to attend.

Course Objectives: 
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will gain knowledge about HNO, be able to differentiate a 501 (c)(3) from a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organization, and to compare and contrast membership and non-members nonprofit entities. In addition, participants will learn parenting skills to better support their children's education, be able to properly conduct meetings consistent with Robert’s Rule of Order, and appreciate the foundation and branches of the U.S. government as well as the essence of civic engagements.

Course Requirements: 
This course is free of charge. However, to receive a certificate jointly conferred by both St. Cloud State University and Hmong Nationalities Organization (HNO), the participants are required to register and commit a full-day—from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM---for the training.

Principal Instructors:
  1. Dr. Xoua Thao, Attorney-at law and Physician, HNO Chair
  2. Dr. Shoua Yang, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, School of Public Affairs, St. Cloud State University
  3. Dr. Neal Thao, Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director of the Department of Social Work, College of Health and Community Professional Studies at Metropolitan State University

Seminar Syllabus

  1. HNO’s vision, mission, and structure

    • Basic principles of 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4)

    • Membership nonprofit organizations vs. non-membership nonprofits

    • Citizens' voting right vs. Membership voting rights

  2. Parenting skills and childhood education

  3. Parliamentary Procedures

    • Robert's Rule of Order

    • Taking up business one item at a time

    • Promoting courtesy, justice, impartiality, and equality

    • The majority rule, minority rights, and the protection of absent members.

  4. US Government and Politics

    • Foundations of Government

    • Declaration of Independence

    • Articles of Confederation

    • US Constitution—Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches

    • Bill of Rights

    • Civic Engagements


Note: This seminar will be conducted in Hmong language. 


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