History and Mission

WHAT IS NORCAL UVSA?

The United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California (UVSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization founded in 2006 as a means for youth to organize socially and civically in Northern California. Committed to cultural awareness, educating youth, and community service, NorCal UVSA is composed of volunteers—including young professionals, college students, and high school students—to help youth develop a sense of their Vietnamese heritage and identity.

The United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California (NorCal UVSA) was founded in 2006 by a committee dedicated to leadership development, networking, and cultural awareness for collegiate Vietnamese students. Within the year, NorCal UVSA hosted its inaugural NorCal UVSA Summit at the University of California, Berkeley, at which Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) chapters from colleges and universities all over the region attended.

Together, along with the presidents of each VSA, NorCal UVSA’s constitution was ratified, and the initial Intercollegiate Council (ICC) was formed. All summit attendees participated in brainstorming and voting to choose two events to create and work on collectively as region. The winning ideas were “UVSA Olympics” and “UVSA Camp.” These events have become pillars of UVSA tradition, and continue to be held annually ever since.

In 2008, NorCal UVSA organized the premier elections for an executive board, whereupon each VSA voted for the candidates via the ICC, and the organization metamorphosed from a committee structure to the executive board structure that still exists today.

tradition

Down the road, NorCal UVSA Olympics was created as an outdoor event where schools would compete with each other through friendly competition to boost overall morale. Summit, Camp, and Olympics slowly became the three staple events that everyone was interested in attending each year in order to meet new people and learn more about NorCal UVSA.

In early 2021, NorCal officially gained 501(c)(3) status after many years of trying and countless paperwork. From the day NorCal UVSA was founded until now, the organization has grown in numbers and will continue to be a space where youth can be socially and civically engaged.

OUR MISSION

The mission of NorCal UVSA is to be a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization as a means for youth to organize socially and civically in Northern California.

The mission of NorCal UVSA is to be a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization as a means for youth to organize socially and civically in Northern California.

History and Mission

WHAT IS NORCAL UVSA?

The United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California (UVSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization founded in 2006 as a means for youth to organize socially and civically in Northern California. Committed to cultural awareness, educating youth, and community service, NorCal UVSA is composed of volunteers—including young professionals, college students, and high school students—to help youth develop a sense of their Vietnamese heritage and identity.

The United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California (NorCal UVSA) was founded in 2006 by a committee dedicated to leadership development, networking, and cultural awareness for collegiate Vietnamese students. Within the year, NorCal UVSA hosted its inaugural NorCal UVSA Summit at the University of California, Berkeley, at which Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) chapters from colleges and universities all over the region attended.

 

Together, along with the presidents of each VSA, NorCal UVSA’s constitution was ratified, and the initial Intercollegiate Council (ICC) was formed. All summit attendees participated in brainstorming and voting to choose two events to create and work on collectively as region. The winning ideas were “UVSA Olympics” and “UVSA Camp.” These events have become pillars of UVSA tradition, and continue to be held annually ever since.

In 2008, NorCal UVSA organized the premier elections for an executive board, whereupon each VSA voted for the candidates via the ICC, and the organization metamorphosed from a committee structure to the executive board structure that still exists today.

tradition

Down the road, NorCal UVSA Olympics was created as an outdoor event where schools would compete with each other through friendly competition to boost overall morale. Summit, Camp, and Olympics slowly became the three staple events that everyone was interested in attending each year in order to meet new people and learn more about NorCal UVSA.

In early 2021, NorCal officially gained 501(c)(3) status after many years of trying and countless paperwork. From the day NorCal UVSA was founded until now, the organization has grown in numbers and will continue to be a space where youth can be socially and civically engaged.

OUR MISSION

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The mission of NorCal UVSA is to be a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization as a means for youth to organize socially and civically in Northern California.