Thomas Nguyễn (he/him/his) joined the Department of Multicultural Services in July of 2019. He serves as the Program Advisor for the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) initiatives where he advise the Institute of the Development of Asian American Leaders (IDEAAL) and the Asian Presidents’ Council (APC).
He is a proud second generation Vietnamese American and a first generation college graduate where he graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Texas State University with a Masters of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education.
His journey into student affairs began as a student leader in his undergraduate institution’s multicultural programming board where he develop an interest in leadership and education. Since then, his interest grew into a passion of helping students find their sense of belonging on their college campus, creating an inclusive and equitable college environment, and empowering students, especially underrepresented students, to see themselves as leaders that can create positive social change not only within their community, but the entire world.
He hopes to pursue a doctorate where he would like to focus his research on the identity development of the diasporic Southeast Asian Americans, APIDA leadership development, and/or critical hope in social justice leadership. In his free time, he loves to create elaborate dinner parties, read at local coffee shops, travel to new places, and boulder with friends.