Angie Tran is a Vietnamese American, queer, first-generation college graduate who has been relearning and reclaiming her Vietnamese identity through her community work, travels, and her previous research from the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. She is an advocate for her community in south Oklahoma City and is passionate about racial justice, education equity for students of color, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) issues, youth empowerment, and higher education. She attributes her intellectual and personal growth in social justice issues to the relationships and experiences from the Young People For fellowship program (2013-2014), study abroad adventures in Ecuador, and summer internships with the OCA â Asian Pacific Advocates in Washington, D.C. and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. in Los Angeles. Each travel has enabled Angie to find and embrace her authentic self, her Vietnamese and queer identities, and her pride of being from Oklahoma, even if that means leaving Oklahoma too many times.
Phone: Mentorship Program in South Oklahoma City Angie has a vision for her community in south Oklahoma City: all students will one day receive equal opportunities regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, test scores, grades, and ranks. Since her junior year of high school, she has envisioned creating a mentoring program that would enable students to better understand the college application and financial aid process. Using her own experiences as a first-generation Vietnamese American college student as a roadmap, Angies Blueprint consists of a mentorship program that provides aspiring college students with the resources they need to successfully access and succeed in higher education, emphasizes personal empowerment, and raises awareness about various social justice issues. In so doing, she is creating a pathway to college for low-income and/or students of color in her community.