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May 18, 2021

My name is Joshua (“Joanna”) Xiong and I am a 25 year-old Hmong professional living in Los Angeles. I am the second child of eight children whom three were adopted. My parents did not have the privilege to attain higher education and thus pushed us to pursue higher education. I was the first in my family to graduate from college where I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with my Bachelors in Asian American Studies with a minor in Global Health and from the University of Southern California with my Master of Social Work. I have worked for roughly two years now as a mental health therapist and am currently working as a mental health therapist at a non-profit agency serving disenfranchised and underrepresented individuals. I hope to continue serving our communities and become a champion for other people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals.