Session IIDiscussion Workshops
My name is Augustus Seabrooke. I am a senior at Brown University with a concentration in Biology. I am older brother of two, one brother is five years old and one is ten years old. Both of them are trying to learn about being a compassionate human being through what I have learned. I am from a small Vietnamese community in Louisville, Kentucky, but during the academic year, I reside on the east side of Providence, Rhode Island. I am currently an Assistant Director of Marketing for the Sparkle Program, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young scholars have an integrated learning experience with college level STEM & Arts courses. I am also a treasurer for Brown University’s Queer Alliance, managing the budget that incorporates more than 100 students at Brown. I have taken many leadership positions in my fraternity, Zeta Delta Xi, which includes social chair, vice president, and recruitment chair. The fraternity positions involve mana ging multiple subcommittees to facilitate in-house relations, branding, community service engagement, and publicity & outreach. I am an active member in many cultural groups such as the Brown University’s Vietnamese Student Association, Brown Organization of Multiracial and Biracial Students, and Mixed Asian/Pacific Islander Students’ Heritage Club. I have been a panelist for workshops and discussion-based events such as Defining Masculinity and the Intersectionality of Being Biracial and Queer. As for work, I work at a renowned food truck on campus called the Lotus Pepper, which serves homemade Vietnamese cuisine to the student body. I am also a film manager on the Brown’s football team, in charge of directing and filming games, practices, and managing practice set-up/break down. I am also a private tutor, teaching algebra, grammar, and English. With my remaining free time, I play club lacrosse, take swim lessons, and work on a startup that my friends and I have founded.
Kathryn Quintin is currently the Programs Associate at Asian Pacific Islander Vote (APIAVote) where she coordinates most of the youth engagement and outreach. She was raised in sunny Kissimmee, Florida right outside of Orlando, and is a recent graduate of Florida State University majoring in International Affairs with a focus on Sociology. On campus she was the Director for the Asian American Student Union as well on the board for the Filipino Student Association. She currently holds a position as the Executive Director of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) and on the Board of Advisers for SERCAAL (Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders).
Nghia holds a Masters of Social Work degree and is currently working as a Children’s Social Worker for County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. He works with families through issues of mental health, substance use, and domestic violence towards the goal of child safety. He is committed to working with the Vietnamese American community, having served as the Internal Vice President of UNAVSA and committee member to numerous committees for VSAs on the local, regional, and national level. On his free time you can find Nghia hiking, Crossfitting, or eating a large bowl of ice cream.
A daughter of Cambodian refugees, Vanessa has always felt a deep commitment towards addressing issues of access, equity, and inclusion through actionable storytelling and narrative. She comes equipped with an extensive background in integrating dynamic communication strategies as a means of amplifying the needs and concerns of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Vanessa has over 5 years of experience in strategic social media, 11 years of experience in graphic design and web design, and several years working in Higher Education. Vanessa is also committed to scholar activism and addressing the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander students in higher education. A community organizer at heart, she is invested in cultivating culturally engaging campus environments and social justice.
Vanessa completed her BA in Intercultural Communication and Digital Media Studies, in addition to her MA in Higher Education at the University of Denver.
Tiffiny Luong is the owner of Tiffiny Luong’s Beauty Academy based in Arlington, Texas. She was the first Asian-American woman to be featured in Asian Success Magazine, and was voted 10 Shades of Success in Dallas. Over the past 30 years, Tiffiny has gathered a wealth of business and professional knowledge in the beauty, wellness, and fashion industry. She currently owns and operates several thriving businesses. Her obvious tenacity is never more evident than when working to coordinate and/or perform in various hair, fashion, and beauty shows for civic, social, and professional products & workshops alike. Tiffiny possesses a unique commitment and love for her profession. She demonstrates her true passion and talent in each class setting as she mentors her students individually. Dedications to her crafts and superior skills have garnered her credentials which have allowed her to not only teach others but to also help them learn. As a Master Celebrity Hair & Make up Artist, her clients have included A-List Celebrities such as Kim Kardadashian and Lucy Liu. She is also an Elite National Trainer for Motives (by Loren Ridinger) and is a business & life motivational speaker, as well as the founder of sculpting microblading. Catch Tiffiny on her TV and radio show, “Beauty & Lifestyle with Tiffiny”. You can also read Tiffiny’s inspiring story in her published book, “The Brushes: Beauty Life & Success 7 Secrets To A Successful Life” which focuses on her journey to living her dream career in the beauty industry.
LISA VUI am an assistant professor at Mercer University in Macon, GA. I teach courses for the Global Development Studies program, which focuses on preparing undergraduate students for community development work in the U.S. and/or abroad.
TONY TRANTony Tran is currently receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Media and Cultural Studies. In the fall of 2017, he will be an Assistant Professor of Communication at Boston College. His research interests include Vietnamese diasporic cultures, digital and social media, and the relationships between on and offline spaces. His past research has involved media circulation in Vietnamese pirate DVD stores, which was funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program.
Tina Nguyen received her BS in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, she is currently working as a Review Specialist for Inovalon, facilitating medical data abstraction and member outreach. She previously took on the Secretary position for MAUVSA in the 2016-2017 year, now serving as the Internal Vice President of MAUVSA for the coming term. She aspires to develop and cultivate new leaders for the next generation of VSA’ers. On her spare time, she enjoys traveling, film, volunteering for local organizations, and great food.
Vivian Nguyen received her BS in Biochemistry as well as Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida in 2016 and is currently in a graduate program at UF’s College of Pharmacy. Throughout her academic career, Vivian remained involved and engaged in Asian American advocacy, beginning as External Vice President and then eventually president of the Vietnamese Student Organization at UF. From there, she also served as the Executive Director for Asian Kaleidoscope Month which celebrates the Asian American heritage and acts as a forum for the discussion of the Asian American identity. Currently, Vivian is serving her second term as the Southeast Representative for the Council of Regional Representatives on UNAVSA. She hopes that her efforts exemplifies that being engaged with one’s culture and identity is a feat that can be achieved despite being busy with school, your career, and life in general. During her free time, Vivian loves to travel, go on foodie adventures, experience nature through hikes or exploration, and spending time with friends and loved ones.