An educator, mentor, and nonprofit leader putting students first
Hello! My name is Ngoc Vuong (English pronunciation: NOK VAWNG; Vietnamese pronunciation: NEE-YAWP VOONG), and I am running for District 3 of the Wichita school board. I graduated from South High School in 2018, where I served as student body president. As student body president, I advocated for school-based mental health services, secured funding for a garden and sculpture, and regularly organized community service events. I was also in band and orchestra, and I mentored at two elementary schools. For my leadership in high school, I was awarded the Lenora N. McGregor Scholarship and the United Way of the Plains' Aaron Joel Smith Memorial Scholarship.
In college, I was a project manager for Safe Streets Wichita. As a project manager for Safe Streets Wichita, I mentored USD 259 students on service-learning. I also created and expanded a free naloxone and fentanyl test strip program; advocated for first responders, schools, libraries, and pharmacies to carry naloxone; and authored a report on how Kansas can more effectively address the opioid epidemic. Through a research lab I was part of, I was a mentor at one elementary school and coordinated a pen pal program at two elementary schools. I graduated from WSU with an honors baccalaureate degree in psychology and public health and a minor in economics. For my leadership in college, I was named a finalist of the nationwide EmPOWERED to Serve scholarship competition and received the Difference Makers for Wichita Award.
I am getting my PhD in community psychology at WSU. Besides being a graduate teaching assistant (where I teach a general psychology class and help teach a class on leadership), I also work for the Community Engagement Institute (CEI). At CEI, I have conducted evaluations for school districts and school-based mental health services across Kansas. For my leadership in graduate school, I was named a recipient of the NextGen Under 30 Kansas Award.
Outside of school and work, I serve as a member of the Kansas Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association; as the secretary of the Kansas Citizens' Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; as a board member for Destination Innovation, Inc; and as a volunteer for Safe Streets Wichita. I am endorsed by United Teachers of Wichita (UTW), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 513, the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation, Women for Kansas - Wichita, Wichita school board member Ernestine Krehbiel, at-large school board candidate Melody McCray-Miller, and the Realtors of South Central Kansas.