Community Advocacy Promoting Awareness and Action

what we do

Community Advocacy

Community Advocacy aims to bring attention to issues of social justice and activism in Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities. We increase SVSA and Stanford awareness of these issues through various events such as Listen to the Silence, Black April, and regularly scheduled Bạn Nghĩ Sao (Vietnamese for “What Do You Think”) discussions. We hope to promote and cultivate thoughtful discussion and reflection on our own identities and how our communities are impacted.

The co-chairs of Community Advocacy are responsible for maintaining a connection between SVSA members and Vietnamese/API communities at large, planning and facilitating events to increase community awareness of Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American issues, and creating open environments for discourse.

Huanvy Phan


Hi! I’m Huanvy (they/she pronouns) and I’m one of the Community Advocacy co-chairs along with my fabulous partner-in-crime My! (Fun fact: I was a CommAdv frosh intern with her!) I’m a sophomore majoring in Asian American Studies and Philosophy on a pre-law track, and I hope to eventually work in community advocacy within the Asian American community or be involved in human/civil rights law. I joined SVSA to further explore my Vietnamese-American identity after having no Vietnamese community at home in Arizona.

Other than SVSA, I’m involved in the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, Queer & Asian, and Alternative Spring Breaks. When I’m not napping in the Asian American Activities Center or frantically writing papers in the middle of the night, you can usually catch me drinking boba, snapchatting dogs, laughing at memes with my friends, or binge watching a series on Netflix.

My Nguyen


Hey everyone! I'm My (pronounced me), or you can call me Mimi. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee #choose901 This year, I'm a sophomore who is still lost in the journey we call life. I'm currently interested Human Biology with a pre-med focus (hopefully).

Like any typical Asian foodie, I love drinking boba and trying new and different cuisines, so I'm always down to go on food adventures anywhere! As for entertainment, I love singing along to any type of music (except for country, ironic cause I’m from the South) and watching any food shows and movies. I am a huge animal lover, and I’m always having withdrawal problems from my three doggies back home. My favorite hobby is sleeping for hours on end like a sloth ^_^

I joined SVSA because the Asian community in Memphis was non-existent compared to California, so I'm happy to embrace my Vietnamese heritage through dancing with MLH for another year. I’ve made some of my best friends through SVSA, and it’ll definitely be one of the best memories at Stanford.

Minh Nguyen


I am an impressionistic literary fiction writer who skates on a longboard. I read bilingually so we can chat about the silent devastation in Kazuo Ishiguro's Artist of A Floating World and the societal oppression of Vietnamese women in Nguyên Hồng's Bỉ Vỏ at the same time. My favorite artists range from Édouard Manet to Anselm Kiefer to Marina Abramović so get ready to be immersed. I also deeply care about culinary culture and just happen to be a wine enthusiast (ricocheting between Zinfandel and Gamay for my favorite).

Besides the hobbies, my life revolves around real estate, finance, and management science. There is not much to say about them but their nature of being dry and exhausting. But I believe those worlds can be mollified with the fluidity of the humanities and arts I have come to love and cherish.

Brian Ly


Lychee in the streets, freaky in the sheets.

Leila Doty


Hey, everyone! My name is Leila (she/her pronouns), and I’m very excited to be in SVSA this year, specifically as an intern for the Community Advocacy Committee. I’m half-Vietnamese and half-Caucasian, and even though I’ve been immersed in Vietnamese culture growing up, there’s a lot I don’t know about the Vietnamese identity that I’m eager to learn about during my time in SVSA.

I’ve lived in Roseville, California (near Sacramento) for most of my life, but am originally from Santa Clara and visit the Bay Area with my family often. I’m a prospective Economics major with a minor in Computer Science, and I’m planning on going into public service at the state level after university.

I love knives and swords, and I have a few of my own at home, including a katana! One of my goals while I’m at Stanford is to use the Product Realization Lab to forge my own sword. I promise I’m not violent. I probably have what would be called a clinical addiction to boba. My favorite Vietnamese dishes are pho (how original), banh xeo, bun rieu, and com tam. I’ve been running cross country for almost ten years now, and would say that I have a love-hate relationship with running. Completing at least one marathon is on my bucket list. I like all kinds of music and grew up watching Naruto. My favorite color is olive green and I have the apparently unpopular opinion that cereal is best eaten soggy.