University of Washington – Lanie Buiquy

VSA Member of the Year Nomination: Lanie Buiquy


Why was this person selected as “Member of the Year” for your organization? What was the criteria to be a recipient of this award?

Growing tremendously the past three years as an officer and as a person, from Freshman Intern to Treasurer and now Vice President of Operations, Lanie Buiquy has made a great and unforgettable impression within the VSA community. Our mission is to preserve our heritage and nourish the diversity in our community. The interpersonal skills Lanie has developed throughout each position, such as leadership, teamwork, and logistical planning has motivated her to contribute as much as she can into our organization to continue to maintain our goals. Besides her main officer position, she stepped up and took on another role as our Hoa Khoi Chair, where she helped delegate our officer team to produce our cultural pageant, Hoa Khoi Lien Truong, that promotes our Vietnamese culture to the students, families, and the Vietnamese community of the greater Seattle area. With her passion in VSA, she dedicated a lot of her time to show the empowerment of young women in o ur Vietnamese community. She played a big role in empowering the sixteen contestants to embrace their Vietnamese heritage and Vietnamese-American identities through a series of questions, the acting portion, and a various of other events. With all of her contribution, VSA was able to successfully maintain our mission and accomplish so much throughout the year.

Lanie deserves “Member of the Year” because of all of the dedication, hard work, heart, and passion she has put into our organization. She has definitely showed leadership through each and every position that she has been apart of, and has made an impact on the community as a whole with her bubbly personality, her involvement on our campus, and her love for the Vietnamese community. She has been such a huge role model to many, and she has set a great example for many upcoming leaders. Lanie has been such a huge inspiration and has set a great example to those who are hoping to help achieve our mission as a Vietnamese community.

Describe the roles the nominee has held in his/her community and how these roles have influenced your organization. Provide examples.

Being involved in so many extra curricular activities shows how dedicated and hard working Lanie is within the community. Aside from being in school, work, and a VSA officer, she has kept her schedule full with many leadership opportunities such as Thieu Nhi Thanh The, a Vietnamese youth organization of the Catholic church, Vietnam Health Clinic, an organization that serves and provides health care for the under-resourced areas in Vietnam, and has been apart of the staff team of NWVSA hosted events such as Summit and Leadership Camp. Lanie truly cares about her community and is always motivated to go above and beyond to gain as much leadership experience as she can. Through these other organizations that she has been apart of, it has given her a broader perspective on teamwork, leadership, and the overall Vietnamese community where she has been able to contribute to with VSA.

Even with all these commitments, Lanie was able to help make VSA a reputable student organization at the University of Washington. While balancing all of her other responsibilities, Lanie, as Hoa Khoi chair, poured her heart and soul into organizing Hoa Khoi Lien Truong, our biggest event of the year. By doing this, she demonstrated a trait that is rare in others: selflessness. She did not fold even when the stress unsurmountable, which inspired the rest of the officers to go above and beyond to improve VSA. As Tom Peters once said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create leaders,” which is what Lanie has done all year.

What qualities does the nominee have that makes him/her stand out within your organization? Provide examples.

What sets Lanie apart from everyone within our organization is her compassion. Her genuineness and sincerity towards others is what makes it easy for both officers and members to comfortably befriend her and rely on her as a friend, mentor, and role model. These traits have helped our general members feel included within the organization, which is an issue that our club still continues to struggle with. As our Vice President of Operations, she had to work closely with our officers to help solidify and maintain the team dynamic. Dealing with internal conflict is a hard task to carry out, and Lanie had successfully executed her role this past year with proper professionalism and open mindedness to approach conflicts at a neutral stance.

With many other extracurriculars, school, and work, Lanie maintained her presence within our VSA, proving her commitment to the organization. This was displayed through her strong work ethic throughout the school year. As a perfectionist she is extremely organized and is always thinking ahead. Whenever the team had to plan out the logistics for an event, Lanie would analyze and scrutinize all potential issues that could potentially occur, and begin a contingency to ensure that that all issues are covered.

Overall these qualities and characteristics are the things that drives her passion for our organization. It truly inspires other officers to put in as much effort as she does and it also inspires many other individuals to join us.