Summit Announcement

The Union of Vietnamese Student Associations Gulf Coast (UVSA Gulf Coast) is proud to present the Second Leadership and Professional Development Summit at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. UVSA Gulf Coast Leadership & Professional Development Summit is a gathering of young adults from the Vietnamese-American communities across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The purpose of Summit is to assist these young leaders with the right tools to develop as leaders and professionals. Attendees will be able to experience motivational speakers, engage in educational workshops, network and participate in unity activities with other young leaders within and outside the Gulf Coast region, and more.

This year, UVSA-GC’s Summit theme is “Identity!” This year, our goal and theme is the focus on individual identity. We all come from different nurturing environments that help shape us into who we are and to help us form our identities. As we go through life, we try to figure out who we are across sexual identity, professional identity, goal identity, and overall: self identity.

Early Registration is CLOSED, but fear not. Regular registration will be opened on Sunday, October 20th at 12PM CDT!

Regular registration will be open on Sunday, October 20th at 12PM CDT!

Registration includes:
Networking opportunity with students and young professionals from across the Gulf Coast region (Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi)
Access to all Summit programming, including interactive sessions and keynotes
Meals provided during Summit weekend include: Breakfast (Saturday and Sunday), Lunch (Saturday), Gala Dinner (Saturday)
A Summit t-shirt

Tickets are limited! Visit to sign up and fill in your information.

Lina Huynh | A Secretary’s Retrospection

Coming into college, I didn’t know what VSA was. I’ll admit – I wasn’t interested at all but I still gave it a chance. After a year of going to events and meeting some of the most wonderful people, I decided to run for VSOUL’s E-Board. The following year I became Internal Vice President, and then President. Throughout my term I made it my main goal to focus on culture and making VSOUL a home for its members. That year VSOUL won Most Outstanding Philanthropic Event, Most Outstanding Cultural Program, and Most Outstanding Web Presence at the First Annual UVSA Gulf Coast Awards. Although it was a successful term, I wanted to do more.
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Tony Nguyen | A Treasurer’s Retrospection

Towards the end of the Vietnam War, my family, like many others, fled their home country in hopes for better opportunities. Even in Vietnam my family never had much, but coming to a foreign land with no money and no knowledge of the language was a real struggle. From an early age I saw how hard my parents and siblings worked to achieve their “American Dream.” This made me appreciate all the opportunities that I have today even more.Read More

Thanh-Thanh Pham | An External Vice President’s Retrospection

When initially asked if I would be interested in running for External Vice President for UVSA Gulf Coast, I didn’t think twice. Having just served as Co-CORR alongside my good friend Kent Tong, the decision was a no-brainer. I knew I wanted to be a part of the UVSA GC legacy and help develop an organization that was still in its early life stages. My hope was to give UVSA GC a name for itself and gain exposure to community organizations within the region. At the time, if you asked a general VSA member if he or she heard of “UVSA Gulf Coast,” chances are the student would’ve respond “no.” Knowing that I would be able to help change that perspective as EVP made me more motivated to run for the position. But the biggest conflict hit me when I found out I would be moving out of the region for my first post-undergrad “big girl job.”Read More