From the president

Viet-Hung is a thoughtful, involved student who embodies the mission and vision of the University of San Francisco. In particular, Viet-Hung works to “promote the common good by critically, thoughtfully, and innovatively addressing inequities to create a more humane and just world.” His perspective on the world one that is incisive, insightful, and inclusive. His global perspective translates into deep empathy for the children he works with. As an Engage San Francisco site leader at Rosa Parks elementary school with San Francisco Unified School District, Viet-Hung is thoughtful and intentional in fostering relationships with the tutors he manages as well as the community partners and children in the program. Viet-Hung asks critical questions and participates in the work of tutoring and building community with purpose, and focuses on how he can support and build capacity for the Engage San Francisco Literacy Program and our community partner organizations. As a student leader, Viet-Hung builds quality relationships with his peers. He works to understand the needs of each student he supervises and asks questions of tutors and other staff to hear about their personal challenges and joys. As such, he makes the USF community stronger and more compassionate.

Paul Fitzgerald S.J.


University of San Francisco

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Personal Statement

My journey to promoting equity began when I started tutoring K-5 students through the University of San Francisco’s Engage San Francisco Literacy program. The program’s partnership with the historically underserved Western Addition neighborhood emphasizes culturally responsive teaching to properly address each student’s needs while affirming their cultural and holistic background. Being a Site Lead at Engage SF Literacy, I also maintain a balanced working environment for our tutors that promotes growth while valuing student health. As an aspiring researcher in psychology and neuroscience, I am committed to promoting transparent, equitable research methods to undo the harm that biased sampling and research design has done. By growing our scientific knowledge, I seek to give policymakers an inclusive, complete look at the people we serve.

Viet-Hung Nguyen


University of San Francisco