Jessica Phan, Philip Nguyen Workshop Presenter
Jessica Phan is originally from Wisconsin where she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism and Strategic Communications. Currently, she is a Special Education English teacher at a high school in Baltimore, Maryland and pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration at the George Washington University; she will complete her program this summer 2018. Aside from her daytime career, Jessica also volunteers with the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT) where she serves as the co-chair of the Young Vietnamese American Committee, a group that is focusing its efforts on increasing civic and voter engagement in the 2018 and future elections.
Philip Nguyen is a graduate student in the Master’s Program in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, and a graduate in Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Young Vietnamese Americans Committee for The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT) and program assistant for Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). His engagement with low-income, first-generation Southeast Asian American college students has shaped his research interests in the ways in which the intergenerational transmission of trauma impacts ethnic identity development for 2nd and 3rd generation Vietnamese American students.
Road to Elections
The workshop will introduce data on Vietnamese voters and how this information is useful for next steps in planning for the 2018 midterm elections. It is an interactive workshop, so attendees will get a chance to research their local government representatives and put together a civic engagement toolkit that will help them in this next election cycle.