Thuan Nguyen-Lakrik

Manager, Student Advocacy, Development and Mentoring
Office of Multicultural Student Development and Mentoring / Office of Multicultural Student Development and Mentoring (MSDM)- Unit in the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

Thuan Nguyen-Lakrik

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VP 2027599012 (VP)


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Hall Memorial Building South 141C

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Hall Memorial Building, South 141C

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  • PhD’s Leadership for Higher Education, Capella University, 2014-Present

  • Master of Arts in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling, New York University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, 2000

Thuan Nguyen-Lakrik emigrated from her native Vietnam to the United States as a child. She attended public schools in the Portland area and later transferred to the Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem. Thuan earned her Bachelor's in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University in 2000 and her Masters of Arts in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University in 2002.

Upon completion of her graduate studies, she returned to Gallaudet to serve as the Coordinator of Mentoring Program and Minority and Mentoring Academic Support Programs with the Center of Academic Programs and Student Services (CAPSS) and the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students (ODES). Since 2009, she had been with Residence Life and Housing as a Coordinator of Residence Education, which included being the Resident Advisor Program Coordinator, Summer Resident Assistant Program Coordinator, Residence Hall Programming Coordinator, Sub Resident Advisor Program Coordinator, and Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator.

Thuan has presented nationally and internationally on race, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her presentations have illustrated the issues of inclusion, race, and leadership with an emphasis on Asian deaf identity and the challenges of cultural assimilation.  I have been a dialogue facilitator for campus-wide on diversity-related topics, LGBTQ, issues of inclusion, race, leadership, social justice, racism, oppression, challenge bias, privilege, and antiracism.  She has also initiated and moderated several dialogues on these issues at various conferences. I am an advocate for equal access and an academic environment in where people of color can study and achieve without fear of being passed over or discrimination against.  In fact, several of my colleagues of color, white students, and students of color often have experienced a desire for this change.  She had presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) several times and have received intensive diversity training at NCORE, the largest diversity, equity and social justice- related conference of higher education, the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), and college campuses such as the University of Vermont.  These trainings have focused on issues of inclusion, race, and leadership, with an emphasis on Asian Deaf Identity and the challenges of cultural assimilation

Thuan is currently a doctoral student in the field of Leadership in Higher Education and has been elected as the president of the newly-established Organization for Equity of Deaf Staff of Color (OEDSOC in November 2015).

Thuan has also distinguished herself as a leader and advocate within the Asian Deaf Community. She served as Program Coordinator for the National Deaf People of Color Conference in 2010; was one of the founders of the Deaf Women of Color in 2005; directed the Asian and Pacific Islander Deaf Student Collegiate Leadership Institute during the 2011 National Asian Deaf Congress Conference; and was appointed to the board of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). In 2003, she was elected as the first female president of the Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association, a chapter of National Asian Deaf Congress (NADC) and in 2011, was elected as President, National Asian Deaf Congress (NADC). Since 2002, she had been the staff advisor to the Asian Pacific Islander Association, a student organization at Gallaudet until May, 2015.



800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002