Urbana, IL – The Asian American Cultural Center will honor Anna S. Hui with the 2018 University of Illinois Outstanding Asian American Alumna Award on Monday, April 23. Anna Hui has dedicated her career to public service in state and federal government, non-profit, and private sector. She is the first Asian American to serve in the governor’s cabinet in Missouri history. As the State of Missouri Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Ms. Hui oversees efforts to promote industry and labor and protect the rights and safety of the workforce.
This award was established in 2005 to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the Asian and Asian American community, exceptional success in their professional careers, and commendable service in support of the mission of the university.
“I’m honored to be recognized by the AACC, which works tirelessly for the academic and career advancement of Asian American students,” said Hui. “When I was an undergraduate student, the Asian American Studies program and cultural center were dreams that motivated student activism. My experiences at UIUC provided a tremendous foundation upon which I have built a career in public service. While we’ve made great strides in promoting intercultural understanding and support, it’s thrilling to see these efforts continue to thrive!”
Anna Hui also will be presenting at the Asian American Cultural Center’s (1210 W Nevada St, Urbana) weekly “Food for Thought” speaker series, from noon-1pm on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Her presentation is titled, “Striving for Servant Leadership: A Journey through Government and Politics.” Ms. Hui will first share her personal experiences as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. She will then discuss her career trajectory in state and federal government, as well as her continued involvement with the Asian American community through her professional experiences.
Anna Hui received a B.S. in psychology in 1993 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate at the U of I, she was a very active leader in campus life including as president of the Asian American Association, the Midwest Asian American Student Union, Marching Illini, Student Alumni Association, Resident Advisor, and Career Services Intern. She later received a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she served as president of the Asian American Law Student Association. She also earned a M.S.M. and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College.
“For more than two decades, Anna Hui has been a public servant in senior positions in both the state and federal level. Since her days as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign she has been a leader giving voice to the needs of others” said David Chih, director of the Asian American Cultural Center.
Ms. Hui started her public service career working for Illinois Governor Jim Edgar as the Special Assistant to the Governor for Asian American Affairs, and then for Governor George Ryan as a senior member of his Washington, DC policy management team. In President George W. Bush’s administration, she served as Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor at the US Department of Labor, where she coordinated major domestic and international programs on labor and workforce safety and standards. In that position, Anna spearheaded efforts to encourage diversity and the inclusion of historically underserved communities in the Department’s programs and federal government management.
After leaving federal service in 2009, and until she returned to Illinois in 2015, Ms. Hui was Chief of Staff to former US Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao at the Heritage Foundation. From 2015-2017, Anna served the State of Illinois as the Assistant Director and later Acting Director of the Department of Labor. She delivered results for workers and employers by enacting much-needed reforms, eliminating costly inefficacies, and modernizing services and technology. Anna Hui was appointed as State of Missouri Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in March 2017, and the Missouri Senate confirmed the appointment in January 2018.
Anna Hui will receive the award at the 23rd annual Asian American Cultural Center Leadership Awards on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center on the U of I campus (601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana). Other awards will be given to students, faculty/staff, and community members for excellence in activities, programs, and services that promote cross-cultural understanding and support for Asian and Asian American experiences.
Previous U of I Asian American Alumni Award recipients include Academy Award winning director Ang Lee, bestselling author Iris Chang, spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, legendary gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki, interfaith leader Eboo Patel, civil rights lawyer Karin Wang, children’s book author Sandra Yamate, and community advocate Dennis Mondero.
Summary of Events:
23rd Annual Asian American Cultural Center Leadership Awards
6:30 pm, Monday, April 23, 2018
Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
Food for Thought Lunchtime Discussion Series: “Striving for Servant Leadership: A Journey through Government and Politics”
Noon-1pm, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W Nevada St, Urbana
About the Asian American Cultural Center:
The Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides the Illinois community with space to gather and share the diverse and rich cultures that are a part of the Asian American experience. With one of the largest and most vibrant Asian American university communities in the Midwest, the Asian American Cultural Center is one of the largest of its kind. It hosts one thousand events a meetings a year and has over 50 culturally-affiliated student and community organizations. The Asian American Cultural Center is a unit of the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations. For more information about the AACC, go to http://www.go.illinois.edu/aacc.
Ms. Hui’s visit is paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF).