KORE Mentorship, UKS Internship, Retreat, Culture Night

Thank you to those who came to our Week 3 GM: Khmer-American Identity! Our next GM will be held on Monday of Week 5 (Rolfe 3105 6-7PM followed by KORE GM). Below are updates from our GM. 

1. Khmer Outreach Retention Education (KORE) Updates
Thanks to everyone who came out to KORE GM! We hope you feel a little more prepared to interact with your mentee.
Next week, we’ll be going a bit more in-depth about how to be a good mentor! In the meantime, please remember to fill out the mentor application (due Wednesday)! That way, we can best match you up with a mentee.
Also, please tell your friends to join! We’re looking to expand our program this year as much as we can. Remember they don’t have to be Khmer to join! See you soon!
KORE Mentor Application Link:

2. United Khmer Students Fall Retreat 2016

As a tradition, UKS goes on a retreat during the fall to the mountains. During our weekend stay, we learn about ourselves and others, bond with other members, and have a fun and relaxing time before all the midterms kick in. Retreat only costs $25 (including food, and transportation) and there is free time for you to study.


When: October 14-16th

Where: A cabin at Lake Arrowhead



If you are interested in going, please click here to sign-up.

3. United Khmer Students Culture Night 2017

What is Culture Night? It is a time for all the members to get involved and have fun while also discovering more about their culture and having the opportunity to share it with the community in one huge production (April 8. 2017 at Schoenberg Hall)! You DO NOT NEED ANY EXPERIENCE in acting, dancing, etc. 😉

Friday, November 4th @ MIDNIGHT

A modern take on the trans-generational transmission of trauma caused by the Khmer Rouge.
More details to come 😉

Classical (a.k.a. ‘robam’) Both genders are welcome!!
Traditional (usually involves props)
Modern (choreographed by members of UKS to modern pop/hip-hop songs)

Time commitment will depend on how many aspects of the show you decide to participate in, and how big of a role you would like to play. We will work around your schedule, however, so don’t worry about it getting in the way with other commitments!

Learn more and to view past culture nights: 

Sign up for an acting audition time here:

4. United Khmer Students Internship 2016-2017

UKS Internship began as a tool to foster leadership and personal growth among our general members. Interns have the unique opportunity to work alongside UKS staff throughout the school year in various social, cultural and political programs.  Internship is a good foundation for students interested in holding cultural organization positions; interns will learn technical skills and experience the various components that make up a cultural organization. We look forward to getting to know all of the applicants!

To learn more and to access the application, click here. 



[UKS] UKS Welcome Week Events, First GM, Volunteering, and Scholarship Opportunities

1. Welcome Week Events
Mon, 9/26: First GM (see details below!)
Click on the links to learn more and to sign up! Visit our Facebook event page here.

2. First GM of Fall Quarter! 
Say hi and reconnect with all the UKS members you’ve missed over the summer and meet new potential UKS folks as we introduce our goals and big events for the year*~*~
GMs: Rolfe Room 3105 Odd Week Mondays 6-7pm followed by KORE GMs from 7-8pm

3. Volunteers needed for the Cambodian Health Professionals Association of America (CHPAA) Gala
Cambodian Health Professionals Association of America is a non-profit organization focused on promoting health, social well-being, and education to medically undeserving Cambodians in America and Cambodia. They hold annual missions to Cambodia where they go to underprivileged communities, provide various dental and medical services, and educate hundreds of families. This purpose of the gala is to gain funds for their next mission.

Event Details
When: Friday, November 4th
Time: 4PM-12AM (can leave earlier and possible arrive later if classes conflict)
Where: The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood, California

Volunteers will be doing a variety of tasks such as helping set up the venue, greeting guests, ushering guests to their table, helping sell raffle tickets, and helping with their silent auction. CHPAA will provide food for all the volunteers at the event!

If you are interested please email UKS’s External Vice President, Sharlene Lim, at by 9/30 11:59PM.  

4. 2016 CHPAA Scholarship Opportunity
If you are pursuing a career in the health field, check out this scholarship provided by CHPAA! Three recipients will have the chance to receive $1000.
Read the details in the attached flyers. Application materials must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2016.

5. Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Vote Ambassador Program
 APIA Vote are looking for people who are interested in their ambassador program which works with student leaders on campuses to build voter engagement plans and give them the tips, tricks, and strategies to reach as many people as possible.
To learn more, click here. 

6. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Los Angeles): Phone Banking and Poll Monitoring Volunteer Opportunity for Election Day

Why Phone Bank?

  • Calling voters allows them to ask questions about the voting process.
  • By being informed voters, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community will be empowered voters.
  • By providing bilingual and culturally competent voting services, we can increase voter turnout.
  • A meal will be provided for each shift.
  • Get paid! $60 after completing 3 shifts, and $10 per shift after. 

Why Poll Monitor?

  • Poll monitoring ensures AAPI voters are gaining access to multilingual resources.
  • Monitoring helps protect the rights of AAPI voters.
  • This project makes sure that AAPI voters are not turned away on election day.
  • $50 stipend is provided after you attend the training and complete your shift on Election Day (November 8, 2016).

To learn more, see the attached PDF flyer or contact To apply, click here.

Ongoing Applications/ Updates from Previous Email Blast

Click on “Click here” to learn more about each item. 
1. View the Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (9/18) – Click here.
2. Apply to be a SEA CLEAR Family Head (App due 9/24) – Click here.
3. Asian Pacific Coaltion 2016-2017 Internship  (App due 10/10) – Click here.
4. Fulfill your language requirement and enroll in Khmer class at UCLA with Professor Frank Smith – Click here.
5. UCLA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Voter Movement – Click here.

Community Updates, internship/ mentorship opportunities, fulfilling your UCLA language requirement by taking Khmer

1. View The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor on PBS

On September 18, 2016, PBS’s World Channel station will be airing the documentary The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. Dr. Ngor escaped the Khmer Rouge’s regime and recreated his experiences in the film The Killing Field in which he became the first Asian male to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to acting, he was known for being an ambassador for justice in Cambodia.
 To learn more about the documentary and to check what channel to watch this on, click here.
2. Enroll in Khmer class with Professor Frank Smith
The only prerequisite is that you can already speak basic, “home” Khmer. This class will fulfill the UCLA language requirement.
Read the details in the attached flyer, and e-mail if you’re interested!2-khmer-class-flyer
3. Asian Pacific Coalition 2016-2017 Internship 
Established in the fall of 1975, the Asian Pacific Coalition (APC) at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a coalition of 24 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizations (including UKS) who represent different geographic regions, languages, cultures, and generations that contribute to the diversity of the UCLA campus. APC serves as the official voice of API students on campus, working with the Asian American Studies Center and Department, USAC, and UCLA administration, as well as other non-API student communities on campus.
APC Internship is a space where students can gain hands-on experience with the work that APC does, whether that be through facilitating workshops, programming events, or working on personal projects. Students will engage in dialogues surrounding issues that minorities face with an emphasis on Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities. It is a space that fosters personal development and where students can gain/improve practical skills. In short, this internship is about instilling agency and empowerment in future leaders–whether on or off campus–as scholar-activists who constantly challenge themselves. It is a place for students to meet new friends, explore their identity, learn, and grow.
To learn more about APC, click here. To learn more about the internship and to apply, click here
4. Apply to be a SEA CLEAR Family Head!
Established in 1998 by the Vietnamese Student Union (VSU), Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR) has been representing and advocating for Southeast Asian American students and issues here at UCLA for over 10 years. There are five components in SEA CLEAR. SEA CLEAR’s Mentorship component is currently looking for Family Heads! As a Family Head, you will
  • Gain valuable leadership and programming skills
  • Strengthen your interpersonal skills by interacting with Southeast Asian undergraduates
  • Network within the Southeast Asian community
  • See your creative ideas come to life
  • Help your family members be academically and professionally successful
To learn more about SEA CLEAR, being a family head, and to access the application, click here.
5. UCLA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Voter Movement
Register to vote and join the movement to register other people to vote!
For more information, click here.

[Community] Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) Youth Advisory Board Application

APAIT works to improve the uality of life for medically undeserved communities living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS and other health issues through programs that are both culturally and linguisitically appropriate. They provide services such as HIV care programs, behavioral health sciences counseling, substance abuse programs, HIV testing, HIV education and counseling, social support groups, and research, evaluation, and development. For more information about APAIT, please click here.


APAIT is currently accepting applications for those who are interested in having a position on APAIT’s Youth Advisory Board. In having a position on the board, members will be influential in making a positive change in the community, gain experience in leadership and non-profit work, and be stakeholders in shaping the future for youth at APAIT for the next five years. Though the position is purely volunteer, the opportunity for youth positions on advisory boards is not very common and would be great for anyone who is looking to get involved in community work in some way.DEADLINE: July 1st at 11:59 PM. Interviews will be held July 6th to 15th, excluding Saturday and Sunday (7/9 and 7/10).

[Community] The 3rd Annual Khmer Alumni Association (KAA) Soirée: A Toast to Our Stars

The Khmer Almuni Association promotes the empowerment, success, and sustained engagement of alumni from Khmer student organizations as well as professionals in the Cambodian American community. They achieve their mission by implementing programs that support three areas of focus: Alumni Networking, Khmer Student Organization Involvement, and Community Support. For more information about KAA, please click here.

KAA is currently holding their third annual soirée to celebrate the year, honor guests, scholarship recipients, mentorship program participants and volunteers! Proceeds will benefit KAA’s scholarship and mentorship program to help provide the resources for students as they pursue higher education. Food and dessert will be provided by Chef Allen of Yeak Inc. and Chef Chad of Cambodian Cusine, photo booth souvenirs will be provided by Hengitup Photography, and there will be live performances and musical entertainment by DJ Hunny.

Where: Sierra Room at Mayfair Park, Lakewood, California
Date: July 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Price: $25 General Admission, $20 Students
What to Wear: Khmer Attire encouraged

Facebook Event Page | Eventbrite Sign Up Link

Thank you for a wonderful year!

As a great year comes to a close, we would like to introduce the 2016-2017 staff:

Co-Presidents: Crystal Phay and Jennifer Um
External Vice President: Sharlene Lim
Internal Vice President: Cindy Chou
CN Director: Melanie Taing
Fiscal: Jekin Tilva
KORE Director: Andrew Hean
KORE Coordinators: Lilian Tang, Rothinny Honghin, Alexander Vong
Historian: Nairurth Borath

We would also like to wish the Class of 2016 great success in their future endeavors and to remind them that UKS will always support them. Congratulations on making it!

Thank you to past members for contributing to UKS and passing on their legacies for present and future members. Thank you to present members for supporting the club by actively participating in GMs, socials, and culture night. UKS continues to prosper in creating awareness of Khmer culture because of everyone’s dedication and contributions. Thank you for being a member of the United Khmer Students.

End of the Year Festivities

UKS Boba Sale
We will be having our next boba sale in the court of sciences on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 9am-4pm! Please come out and support!

World In-Sight Fair
Please come check out our booth and participate in all the fun activities at the World In-Sight Fair! It will be on May 21, 2014 from 11am-4pm in Wilson Plaza. Yes it is the same day as our boba sale! Go get boba and then check out our booth!!!


Yes it is that time of year again! We have KORE banquet and UKS banquet! Please come join us as we celebrate the awesome year that we have had together! There’s going to be great food and company! We can dress up and dance the night away! There are going to be a ton of feeeeeelsssssss going on as we send off our amazing seniors!


UKS Banquet will be on Saturday, May 31st!


For more info on UKS Banquet:


KORE Banquet will be THIS Saturday!


For more info on KORE Banquet:

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