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Hội Thảo Một “Workshop Session 1”
Saturday, March 19, 2022
9:30-10:20 AM ET

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Credit Cards: Friend or Foe

Presenter: Dan Quach (he, him)

About

A George Mason University alumnus, Dan Quach holds a B.A in Government and International Politics and a minor in Intelligence Analysis. His involvement in VSA spanned from 2014 until 2020 on the local, regional, and UNAVSA level. Outside of VSA, Dan works in banking and is currently pursuing a path into education.

Workshop Description

Attendees will learn and interact by learning about different steps/aspects on what to consider when posting social media content, as well as learn about the outside parameters within Social Media. Being on either Marketing/PR is more than just posting graphics. It helps to gain more perspective and aspects to look out for when operating. It also gives insight for all of any e-board/cabinet/committee members to know that they all hold an image to upload within social media.

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Eat It & Move On

Presenter: Jennifer Ha (she, her)

About

Jennifer is a Registered Nurse who currently works on the Respiratory Acute Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital who has a multitude of experiences in medical and volunteer services. Jennifer has a strong desire to care for others and has dedicated her knowledge and skills to serve those that do not have the same opportunities that she does. As a strong believer in caring for the well-being of others, Jennifer regularly approaches finding new ways to educate the Asian/Asian-American community on healthier living through the improvement of lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Boston College and is currently studying for her Masters, as well as, studying for certifications in advanced practice nursing care.

Workshop Description

The workshop will be about learning to cook meals and live a balanced lifestyle during a pandemic world where sedentary lifestyles are more prevalent. Choosing to provide healthier, easy, alternatives to delicious meals that can be made at home. Learning to fight food insecurities that many people have developed during the pandemic in isolation has ultimately caused a lot of self-esteem issues. Overall, the workshop aims to embolden people to be more confident in their food choices and provide a way to learn safe and trusting habits with self-esteem and food.

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Understanding Power & Privilege

Presenter: Kent Tong (he, him)

About

Kent Tong (he/him) is the Associate Manager of Programs at OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, a 501(c)(3) national membership-driven nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In his role, Kent oversees the organization's youth programs, including high school and college leadership and advocacy training, scholarships, and internships.

 

Kent was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans Area to Vietnamese refugee parents. An alumnus from Loyola University New Orleans, majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Film Studies, Kent dedicated his time outside the classroom to various Vietnamese-interest organizations. It's through his experiences as Executive Director of Camp Delta, President of the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations Gulf Coast, and President of the Loyola Asian Student Organization where Kent developed a passion in youth development and programming.

 

Prior to joining OCA, Kent was a volunteer staff member of The 2020 Project, 2017 Jubilee Project Fellow, and 2014 Disney College Program Cast Member. In his free time he enjoys watching movies in theaters, usually one or two every weekend, and writing reviews on his blog.

Workshop Description

We are all multi-faceted individuals with many different social identities, with each identity holding specific sets of power and privileges. In this workshop, students will define key terms like "power," "privilege," and "oppression," and engage in an interactive activity and group discussions to reflect on our respective powers and privileges.

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Finding Self Confidence in Martial Arts

Presenter: Natalie Nguyen (she, her)

About

Natalie Nguyễn, she/her/hers, has been involved with the Binh Dinh Martial Arts Academy since the age of 5 and has been teaching martial arts since 2016, after she got gold medal certified from a tournament in Vietnam. Her biggest dream is to open up her own martial arts academy. Alongside her academy, she has performed at many events, including Tet in Boston and the Dorchester Day parade, just to name a few. Outside of martial arts, Natalie is a 4th year student at UMass Boston and has a knack for graphic design, as well as hand lettering & calligraphy. Be on the lookout for her art shop to launch in the summer!

Workshop Description

Martial arts doesn’t just involve your physical strength, but also tests your mental strength as well. On the surface, martial arts may seem to only consist of just punches & kicks. However, beneath that superficial level, there is so much more that goes on behind every technique that is performed. Through this workshop/mini martial arts class, you will feel inspired to step out of your comfort zones more and realize that martial arts can improve more than just your physical strength but also your mindset as well.

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Storytelling: A Tool to Empower

Presenter: Migration Tales

About

Migration Tales was co-founded by Boston University students Yiran Yu and Lara Werneck in January of 2021. This student-run multimedia platform seeks to amplify migrant voices as well as to debunk migration myths and foster a more humane and evidence-based narrative on migration. Migration Tales aims to fulfill this mission by publishing migrant stories through first-hand interviews; creating accessible articles regarding global news and migration; and making fun, digestible social media content. Today, as a team of 15 students from Boston University, Colgate University, and UC Irvine, we continue to advocate for and publish authentic migrant stories and are so excited to join you this weekend!

Workshop Description

This workshop will allow participants the opportunity to take a personal inventory of their own privileges, dreams, and/or disadvantages in the professional world. In doing so, it is possible to see the many different ways in which everyone approaches life and the workplace. Migration Tales’ core value is empathy, and it is vital to recognize that this is not just a noun, but a verb — a skill. This workshop will also invite participants to showcase their cultural background and learn how to empower themselves as well as their communities through the act of storytelling. The team is also excited to provide participants with a brief overview of their work and opportunities for engagement with Migration Tales.

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Planning for the Future - how your VSA career can help your professional development

Presenter: Tiffany Tran (left) & Theresa Tran (bottom right)

Workshop Description

This workshop explores the impact and power of using outside experiences (extracurriculars, VSA, etc.) to enhance one's self as they look to life beyond college. Whether that be graduate school or finding a new job, a person is not defined by only their academics and internships/work experience. Extracurricular activities provide important opportunities of growth and new skill sets that are just as attractive and can boost your resume even more. After this workshop, it'll be the last time someone tells you VSA is just a social club!

About

Tiffany Tran is a graduate from the University of Connecticut (UConn) where she earned her B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology and her Master's in Public Administration. She works for the State of Connecticut in their Statewide Human Resources Division as an HR Policy Associate. Tiffany remains heavily involved with VSA, currently serving on the NEIVSA Board of Directors and is the UNAVSA Treasurer. She owes much of her VSA experiences to helping get to her current career path in HR, policy, and administrative work, and hopes to continue inspiring others to make the most out of their VSA/extracurricular involvements. In her spare time, Tiffany works as a music director at two local churches and loves watching The Bachelor.

About

Theresa Tran graduated from UMass Boston in Spring 2019 and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and double minored in Asian American Studies and Biology. Post graduation, Theresa worked for now Boston Mayor, Michelle Wu as her Vietnamese Community Event Specialist. Currently, Theresa works at Brigham and Women's Hospital-- Development Office as their Associate of Operations and Events. She remains active with the Vietnamese community and was this year’s Sponsorship Director for Tết in Boston. She is currently in graduate school to obtain her Master’s of Public Health degree. In her free time, she loves to work out, travel, and watch Kdramas!

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Hội Thảo Hai “Workshop Session 2”
Saturday, March 19, 2022

10:30-11:20 AM ET

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Traveling for Free 101

Presenter: Dennis Nguyen (he, him)

About

Dennis graduated from Virginia Tech in 2019 with a BS in Computer Engineering. He currently works as a Software Developer for CACI in Northern Virginia. He is also the current MAUVSA President. In his free time he's planning out his next trips and traveling around the globe.

Workshop Description

This is an intro level discussion and presentation on the world of points and award travel. Learn about the different points systems and figure out what you should be doing now in order to plan that next trip. Learn how to go on that graduation or bucket list trip for FREE.

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Hand In Marriage

Presenter: Sally Truong (she, her)

About

Sally Truong (she/her) is a third year Biology and Business Administration double major from the University of New Hampshire. Though from the New England region, she has attended numerous out–of–region events, and enjoys leaving her small town to travel to new places and meet up with online friends. Sally started her VSA journey with her first camp NELC–3 (virtual), and has quickly immersed herself within the organization by becoming family leader, staff, and finally a committee director all within the span of one year. With this workshop, she hopes you take time out of your busy schedules to relax and have some fun!

Workshop Description

Ever wondered how love and wedding rituals looked around the world? In this interactive workshop, not only will you learn about different cultures and traditions, but you will get to actively participate in them. Come join us for a workshop packed full of fun activities, and an exciting one hour romance.

Building Savings & Wealth

Presenter: World System Builder (Norwood Financial Center)

About

World System Builder is a community of financial professionals on a mission to deliver the best financial education and revolutionize the financial service industry through a reliable, build-able system. We want to bring Wall Street to Main Street, and vice versa. We uphold the professionalism of a proper institution without the confusing and complex jargon. We also remember where we came from, keeping the authenticity and excitement of a grass-roots movement. We are a community of people who care and have a heart to help. We’re building a new industry and ready to change the world.

Workshop Description

What you will learn:

  • Identifying your goals

  • Financial Foundation

  • What is the wealth formula & how it will help you?

  • Comprehend the effects of time & inflation on your assets

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Teamwork and Creativity through Improv

Presenter: Nhi Ngo (she, her)

About

Originally from Hue, Vietnam, I immigrated to Massachusetts 17 years ago with my family. I graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor's in Accountancy and have been working in both public and private accounting ever since. Currently, I’m working at Babcock Power Inc. in Marlborough. One of my life goals is to become a professional beginner so I take many classes on various topics in my spare time. When I’m not in month-end close or classes, I would travel with friends and enjoy delicious food.

Workshop Description

This workshop will introduce the key concept “yes, and” in improv. Participants will learn about collaborating, communicating, and relationship building through fun and interactive games.

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Introduction to Powerlifting 101

Presenter: Allan Frances (he, him)

About

Allan Frances (he/him) is an Alumnus from Old Dominion University, and majored in Criminal Justice. He is currently working as an Adminstrative Management Specialist for USAID, but outside from his career, he is also a registered USPA Virginia Powerlifter, competing in the Men's 82.5 kg open class. He has been powerlifting for 3 years, and has competed in 3 USPA sanctioned meets, and has placed 3rd in Odin's Fury 2 (2019), and the Drug Tested Winter Swollstice (2021).

Workshop Description

Ever went to a gym and didn't really have a set plan on what you wanted to work on? Want to know how to unlock your fullest strength and potential, both physically and mentally? This "Introduction to Powerlifting 101" workshop will help fellow attendees on what to expect and what to look forward to, if they choose to go forward in this Fitness pathway. Attendees will learn different approaches to all main lifts (squat, bench, and deadlift), powerlifting federations, the positive attributions alongside with the sport, and many more!

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Now Is The Time

Presenter: Carla Huang (she, her)

About

Carla Huang has been working as an analyst since 2018. Her experience covers industries such as software, product, and currently central banking. She graduated from Suffolk University with a BSBA in Information Systems of Management. Her involvement with VSA began during university with her position as the president of Suffolk’s VSA, staff for multiple VES conferences, and staff for UNAVSA. She is currently working at the Boston Federal Reserve as a Business Operations Analyst supporting the build of the new instant payments service, the FedNow Service. She is also the current AitC (ASPIRE in the Community) Director at ASPIRE and loves trying new recipes and supporting local shops.

Workshop Description

The world is a blur when we’re constantly moving. Let’s take some time to appreciate the journey you’ve been on and what you’ve achieved so far. We’ll dive into identifying what you’re good at, what you can improve on, and what you can do to take that next step. Join Carla Huang to explore and reflect on your journey and see how you can leverage your own ambitions and the community around you to get to where you want to go.

Hội Thảo Ba “Workshop Session 3”
Saturday, March 19, 2021
1:00-1:50 PM ET

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Love. Grow. Connect.

Presenter: Tiffany Tran (left) & Theresa Tran (bottom right)

Workshop Description

Have you ever felt out of place or that you didn't belong? Love. Grow. Connect. will be a workshop on how to reflect and share their ongoing journey towards self-love, growth, and connecting back to their cultural heritage. They will share ways to become more involved with the community, tips on building a home within themselves, and connecting to their cultural roots. They hope to inspire the attendees to create a home within themselves so that they too, can become part of something bigger.!

About

Tiffany Tran is a graduate from the University of Connecticut (UConn) where she earned her B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology and her Master's in Public Administration. She works for the State of Connecticut in their Statewide Human Resources Division as an HR Policy Associate. Tiffany remains heavily involved with VSA, currently serving on the NEIVSA Board of Directors and is the UNAVSA Treasurer. She owes much of her VSA experiences to helping get to her current career path in HR, policy, and administrative work, and hopes to continue inspiring others to make the most out of their VSA/extracurricular involvements. In her spare time, Tiffany works as a music director at two local churches and loves watching The Bachelor.

About

Theresa Tran graduated from UMass Boston in Spring 2019 and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and double minored in Asian American Studies and Biology. Post graduation, Theresa worked for now Boston Mayor, Michelle Wu as her Vietnamese Community Event Specialist. Currently, Theresa works at Brigham and Women's Hospital-- Development Office as their Associate of Operations and Events. She remains active with the Vietnamese community and was this year’s Sponsorship Director for Tết in Boston. She is currently in graduate school to obtain her Master’s of Public Health degree. In her free time, she loves to work out, travel, and watch Kdramas!

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Understanding Asset Accumulation Strategies

Presenter: World System Builder (Norwood Financial Center)

About

World System Builder is a community of financial professionals on a mission to deliver the best financial education and revolutionize the financial service industry through a reliable, build-able system. We want to bring Wall Street to Main Street, and vice versa. We uphold the professionalism of a proper institution without the confusing and complex jargon. We also remember where we came from, keeping the authenticity and excitement of a grass-roots movement. We are a community of people who care and have a heart to help. We’re building a new industry and ready to change the world.

Workshop Description

What you will learn:

  • Accumulating wealth & the cost of waiting

  • Looking at historical returns, average returns, & your returns

  • Strategies and minimizing risk

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Black Lives Matter: Recognizing and Addressing Anti-Black Racism

Presenter: Kent Tong (he, him)

About

Kent Tong (he/him) is the Associate Manager of Programs at OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, a 501(c)(3) national membership-driven nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In his role, Kent oversees the organization's youth programs, including high school and college leadership and advocacy training, scholarships, and internships.

 

Kent was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans Area to Vietnamese refugee parents. An alumnus from Loyola University New Orleans, majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Film Studies, Kent dedicated his time outside the classroom to various Vietnamese-interest organizations. It's through his experiences as Executive Director of Camp Delta, President of the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations Gulf Coast, and President of the Loyola Asian Student Organization where Kent developed a passion in youth development and programming.

 

Prior to joining OCA, Kent was a volunteer staff member of The 2020 Project, 2017 Jubilee Project Fellow, and 2014 Disney College Program Cast Member. In his free time he enjoys watching movies in theaters, usually one or two every weekend, and writing reviews on his blog.

Workshop Description

In the last few years, the country faced a long-overdue racial reckoning that resulted in a worldwide protest in support of Black lives and against police brutality. For many, understanding the country's history of racial violence, especially against Black people, may be new. This workshop will identify the many ways racism is perpetuated against Black people, and address topics such as White Privilege, Reverse Racism, African American Vernacular English/Black Vernacular English, Digital Blackface, anti-Blackness in the Asian American community, examples of solidarity between the two communities, and how Asian Americans can be allies to the Black community. Please note: this workshop is intended to serve as an introduction to the topics of anti-Black racism, specifically individuals who are new/not as knowledgeable about the topic. If you already have a strong understanding of institutional and systemic racism, this may not be a beneficial workshop for you. However, you are still more than welcome to join!

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Who Keeps Us Safe? Applications of Transformative Justice Values into Student Leadership Spaces

Presenter: Pong Muangchan (he, him)

About

Pong Muangchan, MSEd (he/him) is a queer Thai organizer based in New York City, on unceded Lenape land. He is the Secretary of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), and a member of Asians4Abolition and NYC-DSA’s Racial Justice Working Group. Pong co-founded and has served as President of Northeast UVSA. He regularly facilitates spaces on abolition, community safety, and transformative justice. Pong knows that another world is possible, one that is free of policing, prisons, and punishment.

Workshop Description

Dominant beliefs about justice revolve around punishment and retribution. But does this keep us safe? In this workshop, we will discuss transformative justice (TJ), and how it can be used to support community safety. We will argue why TJ is needed in student spaces, using practical examples of TJ-informed strategies in UNAVSA. Key lessons: supporting a) the healing needs of survivors b) the transformation of those who do harm and c) cultural shifts in communities.

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About
About

Holly is a junior at UMass Boston studying Psychology. She began fan dancing for her church community for a few years and has always enjoyed it. In her free time she enjoys watching Asian Dramas and listening to music.

A Fan for Fan Dancing

Presenter: Linda Pham (left), Holly Nguyen (middle), Song Dam (right)

Workshop Description

Interested in learning how to fan dance? Well now's your chance. In this workshop, you will be able to learn a new side of traditional Vietnamese culture through a modern fan dance. This is a super easy and fun segment that anyone at any level can learn.

Linda is a junior at Boston University studying Marine Science . This year, she served as the volunteer Director for Tet in Boston and is also co-culture chair for BUVSA. Preparing for her school's culture show has allowed her to learn different forms of traditional dance such as fan dance.

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About

Song is a student at UMB where she majors in Biology. She loves learning and performing traditional dances as well as dancing in general in her free time.

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Storytelling: A Tool to Empower

Presenter: Migration Tales

About

Migration Tales was co-founded by Boston University students Yiran Yu and Lara Werneck in January of 2021. This student-run multimedia platform seeks to amplify migrant voices as well as to debunk migration myths and foster a more humane and evidence-based narrative on migration. Migration Tales aims to fulfill this mission by publishing migrant stories through first-hand interviews; creating accessible articles regarding global news and migration; and making fun, digestible social media content. Today, as a team of 15 students from Boston University, Colgate University, and UC Irvine, we continue to advocate for and publish authentic migrant stories and are so excited to join you this weekend!

Workshop Description

This workshop will allow participants the opportunity to take a personal inventory of their own privileges, dreams, and/or disadvantages in the professional world. In doing so, it is possible to see the many different ways in which everyone approaches life and the workplace. Migration Tales’ core value is empathy, and it is vital to recognize that this is not just a noun, but a verb — a skill. This workshop will also invite participants to showcase their cultural background and learn how to empower themselves as well as their communities through the act of storytelling. The team is also excited to provide participants with a brief overview of their work and opportunities for engagement with Migration Tales.