Nhilynn Nguyen

Outstanding VSA Member of the Year

University of Georgia


Questions and Answers

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

“To know her is to love her”–this phrase does not apply to Nhilynn Nguyen, but for good reason. Have no doubt, there is so much to love about Nhilynn, but the criteria on which we selected our nominee is not rooted in personal adoration or favor. Nhilynn is a remarkable leader, and she has been a stronghold in our organization this year. Nhilynn served as the 2019-2020 Marketing Director for our annual cultural show, which sold out and boasted a full house of almost 900 people, much from her guidance and marketing direction. Nhilynn is an experienced leader within our organization, and she personally upholds our pillars of leadership and community like none other. Going far beyond the scope of her formal responsibilities, Nhilynn took time and attention to further all aspects of our culture show and organization as a whole throughout the year. She mentored first-time directors, supported the novice executive board, and facilitated meaningful relationships rooted in intentionality and understanding. In her counsel, Nhilynn does not reserve hard to swallow pills and necessary truths, but these constructive criticisms are required for the growth of our organization and its members. You don’t have to love Nhilynn, but it is acutely recognized that she is the very definition of “going above and beyond”.

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

Nhilynn has been an active member in UGA VSA, UVSASE, and our overall campus community for the past four years. She began as UGA VSA’s 2018-2019 Public Relations as a freshman and demonstrated incredible determination and wisdom for someone new to campus and the organization. Despite her newcomer status, Nhilynn was always communicative, transparent, and upfront with her opinions. As she advanced through her Advertising coursework, Nhilynn directly applied her knowledge and skills to our social media, marketing materials, and all public-facing outlets. As this year’s Marketing Director for NIS 16, Nhilynn delivered fresh ideas and perspective which resparked and innovated our decade-old culture show. She bringssomething new to the table every single time, and she never fails to complete things out of her own initiative. For example, Nhilynn went through the effort to stylize and draw on each advertisement in order to evoke a more professional, yet personable aura that represented our annual theme. This shift in format updated our marketing strategy and caught the attention of audiences we otherwise never would have reached. As our UGA VSA current elected President and UVSASE’s Marketing Director, Nhilynn is a significant role model in our community. Within her first few months of presidency, she orchestrated exclusive highlights that celebrated Vietnamese culture during APIDA month, and has taken initiative to address anti-blackness and sexual harassment within our community. Already, Nhilynn is expanding UGA VSA’s breadth and is taking on challenges full steam ahead. Throughout her time at UGA VSA, Nhilynn has always invested in the younger generation and has been incredibly encouraging. It’s no wonder that she will soon have been a Family Leader at the campus, regional, and continental level. She is always supporting people to do new things, and is the very reason why so many of the younger VSA generation at UGA is a part of our region, UVSASE.

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

Nhilynn wields relentless dedication–no matter how tired or busy she may be, Nhilynn always prioritizes what is important for the organization and the people involved. Nhilynn is also incredibly insightful–she is, without fail, always the person who people in our organization reach out to when questions need answers or situations needadvice. Between her VSA experiences and her general wisdom, Nhilynn is extremely tactful and seems to always know the best way to handle things. Lastly, Nhilynn is innovative. Many organizations experience stagnation and plateaus, but Nhilynn has prevented UGA VSA from this fate through her insight and novel ideas. She radiates energy and positivity, and it influences everything she touches. Nhilynn is a problem solver, quick on her feet, and a visionary.