Most Outstanding VSA of the Year: Vietnamese Student Association at Louisiana State University (VSA-LSU)
VSA Website: http://vsalsu.wixsite.com/vsa-lsu
What are the purpose and goal(s) of the VSA, and how has the VSA met or exceeded those goals?
Our mission as VSA-LSU is to strengthen the Vietnamese-American awareness in our college and community. We will accomplish this by having our members well-informed and active in social & cultural events. Our goals are to participate in community service, contribute to charitable organizations and aim to unite the Vietnamese and American societies.
Address how the VSA was outstanding in the following areas: recruitment, marketing, outreach to campus community, use of resources (financial, etc.), officer training and event planning.
Recruited many new faces to VSA through Stud. Org. Fair and by friends bringing friends “word of mouth.” Social media had creative captions using puns. We showed support for other campus organizations by participating and promoting their events. Utilized alumni relations to fundraise money for CPP as well as networking.
How did the group work to establish responsibility and accountability among its members?
The executive board held multiple meetings that exhausted every detail of every event and meeting. Every event, meeting, or any miscellaneous activity is a point opportunity for the members. The point-based system is used to recognized the most active members of our organization and to reward those members with a gift-be it food or a fun experience
How did the VSA work together to maximize strengths and overcome weaknesses?
As an EBoard, we faced many different personalities yet were able to utilize those differences to bring in unique perspectives. We always debriefed everything whether it be an event, meeting, or conversation listing out the pros/cons & helping us figure out what to improve for next time. We collaborated to figure out the best solution for our VSA
Provide specific examples of how the student group demonstrated growth and development in the 2016-2017 academic year,
A members-only connection page was started to help members communicate with one another and allow an easy way to meet up and socialize and advise.
We have also started a VSA-LSU alumni contact list, providing our members a chance to network with alumni and keeping the alumni involved after graduation. An increase in member retention from 20 to 60.