2016-2017

2017 Board Election Results Round 1

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Dear Members of the Vietnamese Student Union,

Thank you all for participating in the 2017 Vietnamese Student Union Elections (Part 1). To assure validity, the votes were counted and monitored by a UCLA full-time employee and Community Programs Office (CPO) Internship Director, Chdiera Izuchukwu, on May 19th, 2017 at 9:30pm. In order to be elected, contested positions require a candidate to receive a higher number of confidence votes than the opposing candidate. In order for uncontested positions to be elected, candidates must receive a confidence vote of at least 50%. The results are as follows.


President

Lenh Voong
Confidence: 59 = 54.6% – ELECTED

Jerry Ngo
Confidence: 49 = 45.4% – NOT ELECTED


External Vice President

Ngoc Nguyen
Confidence: 65 = 61.3% – ELECTED

Richard Nguyen
Confidence: 41 = 38.7% – NOT ELECTED


Administrative Coordinator

Nikki Nguyen
Confidence: 47, No Confidence: 10 = 82.5% – ELECTED


Congratulations to those elected! Candidates have one week to formally accept. Elected candidates will receive a follow-up notice from the current President. If any position is not accepted, positions will be reopened for appointment.

Thank you for participating in the election process for the future leadership of the Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA.

Best,

The Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA

2016-2017

The 37th Annual VCN GoFundMe Page is LIVE!

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The annual Vietnamese Culture Night (VCN) at UCLA aims to start conversation about difficult or controversial topics that we feel need to be more openly addressed within the Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American community. At the same time, VCN is meant to celebrate the Vietnamese-American culture at UCLA by working with various organizations and putting on a showcase to display all their talent and hard work. Our goal is to entertain, unite, and rejoice with the audience members, the staff, and the community in one big production.
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Over the past thirty-seven years, the Vietnamese Student Union at the University of California, Los Angeles has grown to be one of the largest and most prominent organizations in Southern California. Our organization is part of a larger Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization*. In attempts to foster a greater understanding towards the unique Vietnamese American experience, we enhance our own appreciation of the culture through the medium of theater and performing arts. Thus, the Vietnamese Student Union is proud to present our 37th Annual Vietnamese Culture Night (VCN) to the UCLA community and beyond. VCN is one of our most anticipated and biggest events of the year, set to grace the stage on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6-10PM, at the prestigious Royce Hall Auditorium on the UCLA campus.

The 37th Annual Vietnamese Culture Night is open to a community of well over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students, UCLA alumni, family members, and community members free of charge. We aim to foster a sense of appreciation for the unique Vietnamese culture through traditional song and dance, modern/hip hop movement, and distinctive storytelling. This year’s theme “The Things She Carries: Gánh Nặng Cuộc Đời” is a glimpse into the home of an average Vietnamese American family. We follow Quynh, the oldest daughter, and see the complexity of what it means to be a Vietnamese American woman in society today. Even though family is all we have at the end of the day, what happens when your family causes more harm than good? This year aims to explore the theme of gender inequality and experience what goes on behind closed doors.

However, as the university suffers from large budget cuts for the programs of outreach and education, it has become increasingly necessary for us to call upon the benevolent assistance of our community and those who support cultural enrichment through the arts. Limited financial resources are preventing us from reaching our goals in the production of this show, and the support of our community will greatly aid in the success of this program. Support can be shown through donations by placing an advertisement in our event program or through a tax-deductible contribution.

With our show date rapidly approaching, the cast and crew of VCN 2017 are working diligently to ensure that the production is a success. We hope that you will assist us in our continuing efforts to promote awareness of the Vietnamese American culture on and beyond the UCLA campus, and we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for your support.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Michael Ly │VCN 2017 Executive Director
Brian Lu & Lee Pham │VCN 2017 Executive Producers

LINK TO GOFUNDME PAGE

2016-2017

Presidential Result Address

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Dear Members of the Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) at UCLA,

In light of the recent presidential election results, VSU would like to make this public statement as the official voice of Vietnamese students on campus. For those of you who are angry, saddened, and afraid of what the results of this election may bring, we are with you. As a political organization, we will not stand for the homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, and racist views that are normalized and perpetuated by President-elect Donald Trump. In understanding the interconnectedness among our communities, we realize that discrimination towards one community is a setback for all of us. We hope that the Vietnamese community here at UCLA will challenge these views and stand up for the communities whose rights and livelihoods will be threatened by the hate crimes and discriminatory acts that will escalate in the incoming 4 years. This is not a time for us to be complacent, but a time to mobilize and to advocate not only for ourselves, but for other communities of color as well.

The recent election results do not signal the beginning of discrimination and prejudice, but make more apparent our nation’s long-standing issues of racism and discrimination. We should take the momentum of these elections and push forth in order to combat these sentiments and to prepare for what may come. We must educate ourselves and others to engage with the issues and policy changes that may affect the Vietnamese community, so that our voices may be heard and represented at the federal, state, and county levels. We must place our energies into the retention and outreach efforts that will educate and equip our people with the skills and knowledge necessary for community advancement. It is through these community service efforts that we will uplift the Vietnamese community at UCLA and in the Greater Los Angeles Area, together. In closing, the Vietnamese Student Union will be a space where we can discuss ways to move forward, where we will draw upon our strengths as we have done in the past and will continue to do, in unity and in resiliency, regardless of what adversities may come.

If you wish to discuss further regarding the elections, please feel free to sign up for a peer counselor with SEA CLEAR (Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention) by emailing seaclear@cpo.ucla.edu, located in the Student Activities Center 105, or to attend VSU General Meetings, Wednesdays 6-7pm. If you wish to become involved and to give back to your community, join our VSU programs (Black April, SEA Admit, SEATED, etc) or our outreach Higher Opportunity Program for Education(HOPE) by emailing hope@cpo.ucla.edu, located in the Student Activities Center 106D.

Please feel free to email us at vsubruins@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely yours,

Vietnamese Student Union

PDF Form: Presidential Result Address