Every year, the UVSA-Midwest (Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest) hosts the Vietnamese Interacting as One (VIA-1) Conference in a selected state within the Midwest region. As UVSA-Midwest’s largest event, VIA-1 brings together hundreds of individuals from communities from around the region as well as other areas of the country. During this conference, we aim to develop and strengthen the leadership skills of young professionals through workshops and activities, but also encourage them to inspire others to achieve great accomplishments by utilizing the knowledge and skills obtained over this weekend. Through the conference–the Collective Philanthropy Project and other leadership development initiatives–participants can foster their appreciation for Vietnamese culture, take part in the philanthropy project initiatives and make connections that will last a lifetime. This year, VSA at IU is excited to have the 17th annual VIA-1 Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana for the first time.