University of Arizona Vietnamese Student Association

Most Outstanding VSA of the Year: University of Arizona Vietnamese Student Association (U of A’s VSA)


What are the purpose and goal(s) of the VSA, and how has the VSA met or exceeded those goals?

Our VSA worked hard in spreading Vietnamese cultural awareness to our VSA members and through our local community in Tucson, Arizona throughout the year. Our VSA hosts three major events in the school year, which are Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY), Phở King, and Miss Vietnam Southern Arizona pageant (Hoa Hậu Áo Dài Arizona), and we also reach out to the Tucson Vietnamese community through helping at Tết Festivals and Tết Trung Thu Festivals such as through cultural performances and working with the youths like face painting and lantern making.

Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) which is a local cultural festival in Tucson, Arizona that is put on every year which consists of all different kinds of cultures and mainly known for food that is sold there. As part of our VSA’s history up to the present, we always make and sell Vietnamese food at the event in order to help fundraise for the club organization. This is our biggest fundraiser of the school year in which ultimately helps us a lot for our Miss Vietnam Southern Arizona pageant (Hoa Hậu Áo Dài Arizona).

Phở King is an annual social and fundraising event we put on for our VSA members as we make, sell Phở, and have Phở eating competitions for both males and females competitors. With this event, our main goal is be able to promote the Vietnamese cuisine and a major part of the Vietnamese cuisine is Phở.

Miss Vietnam Southern Arizona (Hoa Hậu Áo Dài Arizona) is the biggest event of the school year we host as our main objective is to showcase the Vietnamese traditional dress, Áo Dài, and share our Vietnamese Culture to everyone, both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese audience to give a more diverse outreach. We also encourage young Vietnamese women who are participating in our pageant to refine their speaking skills, their individuality, as well as their confidence as individuals in society. Our pageant winners would then receive a one-time scholarship for their college expenses. Through the event, we have our VSA members work together with our VSA Executive Board in order to achieve our goal.

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.

Throughout the year, we table at club fairs to any events we can reach out for more members recruitments on our campus. An example of this is bake sales and Vietnamese coffee sales we do on campus as an opportunity for us to reach out more and also fundraise for our organization. Another example is at Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY), our VSA regulated a food booth with assistance from our VSA members and the Tucson Vietnamese community. It is our most profitable fundraiser with sales revenue exceeding over 50% more than the previous year. These funds are used to give back to the community through our pageant, Miss Vietnam Southern Arizona (Hoa Hậu Áo Dài Arizona). Throughout outreach and marketing, we use our social medias and posters/flyers for promotions to reach out to anyone we can.

How did the group work to establish responsibility and accountability among its members?

We provided opportunities for our members through volunteering in our major events and our internship positions. Volunteers had the chance to work as staff for our major events, learning to work with others under pressure. Interns, on the other hand, took on more responsibility and worked with our organization’s internal affairs, helping plan for weekly meetings and major events.

How did the VSA work together to maximize strengths and overcome weaknesses?

We had our ups and downs throughout the year; however, we take our failures as a lesson to learn.We handle conflicts with one another by having round tables, E-Board retreats, and even late night meals at IHOP. Over the year, everyone learned how each member worked and how to helped one another in times of need.

Provide specific examples of how the student group demonstrated growth and development in the 2016-2017 academic year.

As previously mentioned before, our VSA was able to earn over 50% more revenue in one of our biggest fundraisers. This was achieved through better food preparation and quality of the taste. It was mainly this event that helped support one of the biggest and most expensive pageants in our club’s history. Rather than being a loss in funds, we actually profited from ticket sales this year.

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