Vi Bui

In her experiences growing up in the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware, Vi felt estranged by her Vietnamese identity among her peers. Even among other Asian American students she never felt “Asian” enough. It was not until she attended the University of Delaware that she felt the need to be in community with other Asian American students. Through opportunities provided by the Asian Student Association, Vi was exposed to the world of social justice issues and became deeply involved and invested in working with students of color on campus. In addition, being a business major in Operations Management led her to many professional and personal development opportunities. Upon her senior year she had a dilemma: either pursue a career in business or follow her passion for social justice. She chose a compromise. After accepting an offer to start a consulting firm in September after graduating, she frantically searched for ways to work for the Asian American community immediately after graduating. This led her to complete the Seeding Change Fellowship at Boat People SOS in Philadelphia where she worked with low-income Vietnamese-identified youth in learning about their history, identity, and leadership. The Seeding Change Fellowship experience brought her closer to her Vietnamese heritage and identity and connected her to a history of Asian American activism and solidarity with other oppressed people. One year into that consulting job that she started later on, she felt the need to return back to youth work and the opportunity to join the staff of Asian American LEAD was perfect timing. As Mentoring and Volunteer Program Coordinator, Vi hopes to provide Asian Pacific American youth with opportunities and resources that she did not have growing up and build relationships with youth and adults alike in the DC community.

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