Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis - Nick Luc

Most Outstanding VSA Member of the Year Nomination: Nick Luc

Why was this person selected as “Member of the Year” for your organization? What was the criteria to be a recipient of this award?

As our organization was founded only in this past academic year, we currently do not have awards specifically within the organization. However, all APIDA-identity students and organizations can participate in awards presented by the Asian Student Union at our Annual Asian Heritage Dinner. Nick Luc was nominated for the Community Leader Award, created “for a noteworthy leader in the community such as a person or an organization that provides services, programs, or assistance to the Asian/Pacific Islander Community in Indianapolis,” and he accepted it on behalf of VSA at IUPUI. Nick Luc was nominated for his work in establishing the organization, setting into place an Anh Chi Em family program and drawing in a consistent amount of about 40 members, which is a large amount considering the predominantly-white area in which the university is located.

Describe the roles the nominee has held in his/her community and how these roles have influenced your organization. Provide examples.

As founder and first ever President of IUPUI’s Vietnamese Student Organization, Nick acted as a catalyst to create a community for people to learn more about Vietnamese-American culture as well as create a place for POC student leaders to have a voice in the student body. In a school where it is very easy to become tokenized, Nick sought to use his position as President to show as an APIDA student leader that we are here, the struggles we face exist, and we will continue to educate about the stories of our people.

What qualities does the nominee have that makes him/her stand out within your organization? Provide examples.

Nick created a community where one was needed, and it brought many Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and students of other backgrounds together to bond. By introducing everyone to the UVSA-Midwest community, he helped many students gain interest in their identities as Asian-Americans, whilst showing his own vulnerability and learning about himself and others with every experience. While many people were born to be leaders and trained early on to become one, Nick’s talent as a creative helped him seek new ways to lead, creating the mold for VSA at IUPUI to grow into.

Additional Information

Nick Luc has also served on the staff of the Vietnamese Interacting as One (VIA-1) conference as a Multimedia Committee Member and edited the final version of the recap video. He works freelance as a photographer and videographer, and his creative passion has led him to be more aware of the world around him.