TOP 30: DIANA PHUONG



DIANA PHUONG
taste the sunrays

Major English Creative Writing Emphasis
Minor Asian American Studies
Age 22
Year 4th
Hometown Richmond, CA

THE FIRST TIME

I met Diana Phuong she was bouncing off the walls with life and love. This was almost 10 months ago when we volunteered at the Cross-Cultural Center over the summer and she still hasn’t stopped. Actually, I don’t believe she ever will. Diana is strong advocator for student’s rights on our campus and does it with a fierce passion. Student and friend Carlos Lopez knows of her investment as “Diana Phuong is an incredible force on campus.”

DIANA’S MOTIVATION IS SOCIAL JUSTICE

“To know that not everyone is on the same playing field and that people come from different backgrounds, it’s this battle between equality versus equity.” Diana knows she’s been blessed especially with educational privileges that her parents worked so hard for her and her siblings to have. For all that her parents have sacrificed, Diana wants to utilize what she’s been given and share it with the world.

REACHING OUT

Diana’s dedication at the Cross-Cultural Center started even before her first year. She began her involvements as a participant at the first ever Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI) program, getting a head start on campus life and finding out what the campus had to offer. It impacted her experiences that during the following years she became a staffer and later on a coordinator the incoming students. The SMLI program is currently on the brinks of extinction and Diana with many other former SMLIers are coordinating ways to keep it alive for future generations. Of course her impact doesn’t stop there at the Cross. She is a coordinator for Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Community Harmony (REACH) taking the lead in providing safe spaces for difficult conversations while challenging people to think critically about such issues as racism, discrimination and oppression. “Most of the time honesty and authenticity doesn’t come out because people want to sugarcoat it. These conversations about privilege and access need to happen.” Through all of her engagements to the Cross, many would agree that Diana is the epitome of the Cross’s values.

DIANA’S COMMITMENT TO ADVOCACY

does not stop at the walls of the Cross. She’s also been mentoring through Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) for the past couple of years and this year she is one of the five SPOP Coordinators. Through facilitating dialogues of diversity and social justice amongst SPOP facilitators and even incoming first years, she has definitely made an impression on our community. Through the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) she is interested in pursuing student affairs administration in higher education. This program pushes to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in student affairs and higher education and she is a person who believes that students need mentors that they can identify with in the administration to build the bridge between students and faculty.

SHE WRITES

To “expose truth.” She writes of tensions, identity, family, generational gaps and of language to say the least. Feeling empowered by the written word inspires her (Check out her blog at http://dphuong-laf.blogspot.com).

SHE’S ALSO INSPIRED BY

her family, her kin, her extended family and the people that come together to fight for a common cause. That energy that is emitted from people who are hungry for change constantly charges her up and the recycle keeps flowing.

A FEW QUIRKY INTERESTS

of hers include numerology, palm readings, biking, hiking and finding hearts in the most obscure places.

From peers and friends alike, they know of Diana’s contribution to the future of UCI. Sarah Bana, a close friend proclaims, “This is Diana’s 4th year at UCI, but she has certainly influenced generations of UCI students to come.”

FIND HER ON


Blogspot http://dphuong-laf.blogspot.com/
Couchsurfing
Facebook
Housecarers
Twitter dphuong

This post is part of the Top 30 Most Influential Asian American Students at UCI Series.
DIANA PHUONG
taste the sunrays
Major English Creative Writing Emphasis
Minor Asian American Studies
Age 22
Year 4th
Hometown Richmond, CA
Social Networks
Blogspot http://dphuong-laf.blogspot.com/
Couchsurfing
Facebook
Housecarers
Twitter dphuong
THE FIRST TIME
I met Diana Phuong she was bouncing off the walls with life and love. This was almost 10 months ago when we volunteered at the Cross-Cultural Center over the summer and she still hasn’t stopped. Actually, I don’t believe she ever will. Diana is strong advocator for student’s rights on our campus and does it with a fierce passion. Student and friend Carlos Lopez knows of her investment as “Diana Phuong is an incredible force on campus.”
DIANA’S MOTIVATION IS SOCIAL JUSTICE
“To know that not everyone is on the same playing field and that people come from different backgrounds, it’s this battle between equality versus equity.” Diana knows she’s been blessed especially with educational privileges that her parents worked so hard for her and her siblings to have. For all that her parents have sacrificed, Diana wants to utilize what she’s been given and share it with the world.
REACHING OUT
Diana’s dedication at the Cross-Cultural Center started even before her first year. She began her involvements as a participant at the first ever Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI) program, getting a head start on campus life and finding out what the campus had to offer. It impacted her experiences that during the following years she became a staffer and later on a coordinator the incoming students. The SMLI program is currently on the brinks of extinction and Diana with many other former SMLIers are coordinating ways to keep it alive for future generations. Of course her impact doesn’t stop there at the Cross. She is a coordinator for Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Community Harmony (REACH) taking the lead in providing safe spaces for difficult conversations while challenging people to think critically about such issues as racism, discrimination and oppression. “Most of the time honesty and authenticity doesn’t come out because people want to sugarcoat it. These conversations about privilege and access need to happen.” Through all of her engagements to the Cross, many would agree that Diana is the epitome of the Cross’s values.
DIANA’S COMMITMENT TO ADVOCACY
does not stop at the walls of the Cross. She’s also been mentoring through Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) for the past couple of years and this year she is one of the five SPOP Coordinators. Through facilitating dialogues of diversity and social justice amongst SPOP facilitators and even incoming first years, she has definitely made an impression on our community. Through the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) she is interested in pursuing student affairs administration in higher education. This program pushes to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in student affairs and higher education and she is a person who believes that students need mentors that they can identify with in the administration to build the bridge between students and faculty.
SHE WRITES
To “expose truth.” She writes of tensions, identity, family, generational gaps and of language to say the least.  Feeling empowered by the written word inspires her (Check out her blog at http://dphuong-laf.blogspot.com).
SHE’S ALSO INSPIRED BY
her family, her kin, her extended family and the people that come together to fight for a common cause. That energy that is emitted from people who are hungry for change constantly charges her up and the recycle keeps flowing.
A FEW QUIRKY INTERESTS
of hers include numerology, palm readings, biking, hiking and finding hearts in the most obscure places.
From peers and friends alike, they know of Diana’s contribution to the future of UCI. Sarah Bana, a close friend proclaims, “This is Diana’s 4th year at UCI, but she has certainly influenced generations of UCI students to come.”
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