My name is Kevin Nguyen (He/They). I am a Vietnamese-American, who was raised Catholic by two immigrant parents. I have 3 Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology (Baylor University 2007), Health Education (University of Houston 2018), and Psychology (University of Houston 2021). I also have a Master of Science Degree in College Counseling and Student Development (Azusa Pacific University 2010). I have lived in Texas, New Jersey, California, and a brief stint in Bangkok, Thailand as an English teacher.
I have been at the University of Houston for about 12 years and working directly with the College of Technology for a little over 3 years. I started at the University of Houston in October 2010 as the Program Coordinator for the Continuing Education department (which now has been dissolved). I, then, became an academic advisor for Biology and Biochemistry students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics for a couple of years. Later on, I got acquainted with the College of Technology as a STEM transfer advisor for the Transfer Advising Program in 2013 representing the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Technology, and the Cullen College of Engineering, which later I heard about of a couple of job opportunities in the College of Technology and then became the First Year Experience Advisor in 2018 and since November 2021 I’m an Academic Advisor III for the Engineering Technology department.
I’m really excited about this position being a combination of my admiration for education and promoting inclusion of all the intersectional identities that help us develop into accepting human beings with a passion for equity, advocacy, and social justice. I have volunteered in the past with the UH LGBTQ Resource Center and the Houston LGBTQ+ community and this will be an exciting culmination of my education, work experience, and passion for LGBTQ+ acceptance. Within my work and within my lifestyle, I want to produce a certain sense of inclusivity, curiosity, and mutual respect for those I interact with. Having immigrant parents and being a first generation college student has been an eye opener of the different aspects and complexity of being LGBTQ+, a person of color, and a voting member of this country. I see that learning about nuances within communities and identity development is imperative to growth, maturity, and support.