Early Academic Preparation Coordinator, Office of Student and Resident Diversity
As the Early Academic Preparation Coordinator, I support the UC Davis School of Medicine’s K-12 outreach efforts such as the HEALTH Equity Academy, a 6-session program designed to expose disadvantaged, underrepresented, and rural youth towards a career in healthcare/medicine.
Previously, I worked for the TRIO Educational Talent Search program at CSU Chico providing first-generation, low-socioeconomically disadvantaged 6th-12th grade students with the knowledge and tools for college success. I also worked for the Educational Opportunity Program and Cross-Cultural Leadership Center at CSU Chico. I received my master’s degree in Social Science and bachelor’s degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies from CSU Chico. I am fortunate to bring my academic advising, program planning, and mentorship experience to the UC Davis Health system.
Why I Do DEI Work
The purpose of why I work in DEI stems from my roots. As a son of Hmong refugee parents, I faced many barriers growing up in Oroville, CA. I was low income, food insecure, struggled with hearing impairment, and lacked mentors at an early age. However, these circumstances did not stop me from being resilient and hopeful. As a first-generation college graduate, I am committed in providing underrepresented and disadvantaged youth the accessibility to higher education and the pathway to becoming the next leaders of tomorrow’s healthcare.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson