I'm a student, the son of a Vietnam immigrant, and a staunch believer in a school district built for all students to thrive.
As a graduate from Culver City Unified School District, I have worked in a coalition to root our district in anti-racism and deliver bold systemic change to our students who have been left behind. I wholeheartedly believe that the people closest to the pain, should be closest to the power, and that diversity amongst legislative bodies is essential to enact systemic change for future generations to thrive.
Born in Minnesota, and raised between Las Vegas and Los Angeles due to housing insecurity and opportunity, I have attended several different schools, in several different districts, and in several different states. For the lion’s share of my life, I was raised by my single mom who, despite economic hurdles, risked it all to send my sister and me to the best schools possible. Through these experiences of navigating through a wealth of schools, I’ve seen just how vital district leadership is.
Shifting from a small school in Vegas to Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) in my sophomore year of high school, I was immersed in a racially diverse environment that offered little to no resources for students like me to thrive. After the murder of George Floyd, I joined a youth-led organization known as poc4change. As a collective, we organized and took to the streets to push for our city to center the voices and experiences of young folx who are the most affected by our transformative legislation. It was through these experiences that I saw how government and politics can help solve problems, remove barriers, and empower people. We showed up at school board meetings and advocated for gender and ethnic studies as a graduation requirement. We participated in the first year of the CCUSDs strategic equity plan committee where we championed mirrors within K-12 education. At the high school level, we joined 3 out of the 4 site committees, the Sexual Misconduct Action Group, the Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) committee, and the Restorative Practices group. We made sure that equity was the glue that binds all of our district policies.
As impact is the motivation behind everything that I do, this work is deeply personal to me. My deep roots in our school district lead me to know that together, we can build a Culver City Unified School District for everyone. Let’s get to work.