Nong Xiong was born and raised in Wisconsin to Hmong refugee parents. With the support of Upward Bound, she attended The University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a bachelor’s degree in English. Her interest in refugee support and research brought her to Texas where she pursued a Masters of Education in the Education and Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She strongly advocates for the success of first-generation college students and undocumented students on campus. When Nong is not working, she is in the community supporting non-traditional Asian/American college students or you can find her feeding peanut butter flavored treats to her pet ferret.