Maysee Yang Herr is passionate about education and her culture. The School of Education associate professor combines the two every summer at Camp Phoojywg-Friend, a two-week camp that offers basic Hmong cultural lessons that focus on the ethnic group's history, music, folklore, art and language in Wausau.
For her efforts, Herr has earned the inaugural UW-Stevens Point College of Professional Studies Ethel and Ward Cable Family Faculty Heroes Award.
Herr, along with alum Yauo Yang, a social studies teacher at D.C. Everest Middle School, will use the award to create internships for college students wanting to help organize or teach at Camp Phoojywg-Friend.
One purpose for the camp is to help young Hmong children learn about their own culture and history — knowledge that is slowly eroding as the Hmong people as a group become more rooted in America.