Michelle Tran Collective Philanthropy Project

Michelle Tran

Hello, my name is Michelle Tran and I’m a third year at the University of Cincinnati. I’m currently majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Deaf Studies. VSA has been a large part of my time at college since freshman year. During my second year, I was the Public Relations chair and on the CPP committee for the 14th Annual VIA-1 Conference. With both these positions, I was able to personally and professionally grow as well as inspiring others to become more involved in VSA. With how much VSA has helped me, I would like to share that experience with others so that VSA can also help them develop.

Committee Members:

  • James Vuong
  • Jessica Do
  • Vince Nguyen
  • Donna Nguyen


Name/Year/ Position. Is this your first-time being a VIA-1 director and/or attending the conference?

Michelle Tran, Freshmen, Co-Collective Philanthropy Project Director. This is my first time being a director, but it will be my third time attending VIA-1!

Why did you choose to take part in the planning process? Why this committee versus the other committees?

VIA-1 has been such a great experience for me in the past and I’m so thankful that I have been able to be a part of it that I just want to be able to return the favor and make someone else’s VIA-1 memorable.

It’s always important to give back when you can whether that is time, money, or support. I love the fact that all the beneficiaries are non-profit and are directed towards helping people in Vietnam. We are blessed to be able to live in a country that has easy access to basic necessities, but we need to remember where we came from and where our family came from. CPP gives us purpose and is so rewarding.

Who inspires you the most?

A lot of people inspire me in different parts of my life. I can’t pick just one, that’s favoritism!

Most memorable experience or favorite memory of VIA-1 so far?

It would have to be competing in the culture competition at my first VIA-1 (MSU). We did a fan dance that incorporated modern dance and breakdancing. We called ourselves U-fan-C! Get it ? Because we got to the University of Cincinnati (UC) and we did a fan dance !!!!

Director Question: Which committee director would you marry, impeach, and collaborate with and why?

I would marry Paula Duong the Marketing director because we’re both nursing majors and I can use my cheesy science pick up lines on her and she would understand them. ” Hey Paula are you Brocas’s Aphasia? Because you love me speechless.” “Roses are red, Cyanosis is blue, I get Tachycardia when I think of you.” <3

I would Impeach Liz because she said she was going to impeach me first, but also because she’s lactose intolerant and can’t handle how cheesy I am. Can you imagine that drive to VIA-1?

I would collaborate with finance because there are people in Vietnam that need basic necessities, so let us calculate how much we can give them!


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