MID-ATLANTIC UNION OF VIETNAMESESTUDENT ASSOCIATIONS wrote -
The Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (MAUVSA) (Vietnamese:Liên Hội Sinh Viên Việt Nam Mid-Atlantic) is a non-profit alliance of college-based cultural organizations from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. It consists of local chapters from eight major schools throughout the region:
- George Mason University,
- The George Washington University,
- James Madison University,
University of Maryland – College
- University of Virginia,
- Virginia Commonwealth University,
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University,
- Georgetown University.
MAUVSA seeks to unify the Vietnamese American community, facilitate communication and cooperation among the various schools, empower and develop young leaders, foster cultural awareness and education, and promote social justice.
The primary activity for MAUVSA is a series of monthly leadership summits. Each summit provides the opportunity for students to exchange information, establish relationships, evaluate activities, and coordinate programs at the campus level. The summit series also provides a forum for student leaders to discuss organizational challenges such as membership recruitment, membership retention, coalition building, conflict resolution, project management, and the role of young Vietnamese Americans in society.
Each January, MAUVSA hosts a General Members Retreat. Programming for the event emphasizes networking and social interaction. It also includes information seminars and workshops on topics such as Vietnamese history, Vietnamese cinema, personal finance, and team-building.
MAUVSA also supports and promotes the programs of its campus chapters, such as:
- VSA Families, a mentoring program for new freshmen and transfer students
- VSA Interns, a training program for emerging leaders
- Cultural holiday celebrations, including Full Moon Festival and Tet Show
- Vietnamese language/culture classes
- College Preparation Seminar, an outreach and development workshop for high school students