Staff

Dereck Wei, Senior Advisor

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Valerie Nguyen, Co-Executive Director

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Year: 2nd

Major: Biology

Why I joined VNLC: When I entered university, I knew that I wanted to join a cultural club that I can share my interests with. I was lucky enough to find and join VNLC, where I was able to find people with the same background and interests as me. I absolutely love the fact that our club is pretty small and that we are able to create closer bonds with each other.


Jenny Le, Co-Executive Director/Co-Programs Director

headshotYear: 2nd

Major: Biology

Why I joined VNLC: Growing up as a Vietnamese immigrant, I had always struggled to feel at home. However, when I came to UCLA, joining VNLC immediately made me feel welcomed and accepted. In VNLC, I am able to embrace my heritage, learn more about my culture, and help preserve the Vietnamese language and customs in some of the most wonderful ways, such as teaching Vietnamese to the youth. I joined VNLC to stay in touch with my roots, and I stayed because they’ve become my second family. 🙂


Vinh Le, Co-Programs Director

VinhYear: 4th

Major: Financial Actuarial Mathematics

Why I joined VNLC: To me, VNLC is a small family where we can all share our interest in the Vietnamese culture. By joining VNLC, I have become more involved in helping the community through teaching Vietnamese to kids. I was raised in Vietnam, but this club has helped me appreciate it in more ways. In overall, VNLC has helped me develop many leadership and time management skills as well as good friendships that I am really grateful for.


Zack Hart, Co-Internal Relations Director/Co-Treasurer

ZackYear: 4th

Major: Psychobiology

Why I joined VNLC: I joined VNLC because I wanted to learn more about Vietnamese culture with a close knit family that never fails to be fun and enjoyable.

 

 


Thy Vo, Co-Internal Relations Director/Co-Treasurer

ThyYear: 2nd

Major: Financial Actuarial Mathematics

Why I joined VNLC: I joined VNLC because I wanted to learn more about my culture and be surrounded by people who could understand, relate to, and empathize with the importance of the Vietnamese identity.

 


Daniel Corcuera, Public Relations Director

DanielYear: 4th

Major: English

Why I joined VNLC: I joined VNLC, because it was a small club where everybody semeed close and full of energy. Everyone was so welcoming, how could I not join! Haha.

 

 


Vivian Nguyen, Activities Director

VivianYear: 4th

Major: Biology

Why I joined VNLC: I joined VNLC because I heard how great and tight knit it was from Maianh. I wanted to be more involved in my community and be around people who had similar backgrounds to me.

 


Kelly Lam, Secretary/Webmaster/Historian

KellyYear: 4th

Major: Biology

Why I joined VNLC: I joined VNLC because I wanted to be more involved in my community and I also wanted to learn more about the Vietnamese culture.

 

 


Anh Cao, Tết Festival Coordinator

AnhYear: 2nd

Major: Physiological Science

Why I joined VNLC: I initially became involved with VNLC freshman year because I wanted to stay connected to my culture even though I was far from home. I really enjoyed how VNLC gave me a place to share my experiences and talk about my culture with people who were equally passionate about it. I especially fell in love with the Tet Festival and participating in this event is what inspired me to become involved with VNLC as a staff member.