Student Panel

Want to hear firsthand what it’s like to be an undergraduate student at UCLA? Join us at our Student Panel to learn more about the UCLA student life from our very own student body.

Panel Zoom Information:
When: Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 at 11:00AM PDT
Link: Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 964 1554 9981
Password: SAW2020

Student Profiles

Victor Duc Tran | 4th Year |
Sociology and Geography Majors, Urban and Regional Studies Minor

 Organizations:
SEA spaces and programs (SEA Admit/SEATED/HSC) | Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) | UCLA Circle K International | Community Service Commission (CSC) | Alternative Breaks at UCLA, Student Wellness Commission | Bruin Run/Walk | Running 101 (5:14) | Wheelchair Basketball/Adaptive Programs | Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Victor Tran is a fourth-year undergraduate student who is majoring in Sociology and Geography with a minor in Urban and Regional Studies. He is interested in examining how inequality and differences are constructed and perpetuated in spatial forms that can determine how different bodies and communities experience urban environments. As a first-generation student, Victor’s campus involvements align with his academic and cultural interests as he is involved in organizations and social justice programs that center around community service and engagement, education and advocacy, and intergroup dialogue and relations. He hopes to continue his education with a graduate program in urban planning and pursue a career in helping communities become more resilient and equitable with the changes and challenges they currently face.


Hamilton Tran | 4th Year | Civil and Environmental Engineering

Organizations:
VSU | UCLA Ultimate Frisbee | Bruin Entrepreneurs | American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Steel Bridge Team | Environmental Design Team | Timber Design-Build Team | Engineers without Borders

Hamilton grew up in Orange County, CA and had a lot of exposure to the Vietnamese American culture growing up.. He earned his Eagle Scout award when he was 15 and loves to help people whenever he can. When not doing school or organizations, Hamilton could be found listening to music, watching anime, playing soccer, or rock climbing. After this last quarter, Hamilton will be working in construction management in the LA/OC area. His favorite memory of UCLA has been being a part of Vietnamese Culture Night performing with the a cappella group, Awechords.


Kathy Ngoc Hong | 4th Year | Communication Studies

Organizations:
Mobile Clinic Project | Vietnamese Student Union (Vietnamese Student Union, SEA Admit Weekend) | UniCamp

Kathy is a Vietnamese-American who grew up in the heart of Little Saigon (Westminster, CA). Most of her time at UCLA has been spent organizing her community (and being organized) with her overarching mission being to make the world a softer, kinder place. Her main tactics to achieve this is through empathy and storytelling, which can look like writing grants to support her community or creating platforms to amplify underrepresented voices through performance. Kathy has worked extensively with children during her time at UCLA to prepare for her career as an educator and she believes strongly in the power of education to change lives.


Clara Do Tran Nguyen | 4th Year | Human Biology and Society and Asian American Studies

Organizations:
Residential Life | Mobile Clinic Project | Companion Care | TEACH | TEDxUCLA | THINQ Collaborative | USAC Community Service Commission | Resilience/Outreach Peer Network | UCLA Depression Grand Challenge | Care Extenders Internship | VCN | VSU | SEA CLEAR | Undergraduate Research Scholars Program | Unicamp | Student Research Program | CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative | One Nation AAPI

Clara is a first-generation college student from Orange County, CA. Seeing firsthand the racial and health injustices that her family experienced both in Vietnam and the United States inspired her to give back to the community throughout her time as a student. At UCLA, Clara got involved in several community service, non-profit, mentorship, and cultural organizations that put her on her journey to medicine. She is currently applying to medical school and strives to utilize her intersectional educational background to advocate for structural change in the healthcare system. When Clara is not working or volunteering, you can find her taking photographs, baking, at Disneyland, or going to concerts (when not in quarantine, of course)!


Grace Yang | 4th Year | Human Biology and Society

Organizations:
Association of Hmong Students| Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention | Southeast Asian Students for OrgaNizing | Asian Pacific Coalition | United Khmer Students

Grace is from Sacramento, California and the oldest among her four siblings. After attending SEA Admit in 2016, she decided to commit to UCLA because of the community and she knew the empowerment from that space would support her throughout her time there. In these four years, Grace has immersed herself in her Hmong-American identity and has been an ally to other Southeast Asian organizations on campus to advocate for more support for underrepresented groups in higher education. After graduation, she will be taking a gap year to further her knowledge within the healthcare field before applying to medical school.