Photo Credit: Leina Betzer (2018)
David Thai recently graduated with a major in Health & Societies from the College of Arts and Sciences and a concentration in Healthcare Markets & Finance through the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. David’s preferred pronouns are he/him/his, and he identifies as a first-generation, low-income (FGLI) Chinese-Vietnamese American, born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA, USA.
At Penn, David served as the Chair of the Promoting Enriching Experiences and Relationships (PEER) Mentoring Program under the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) where he oversaw leadership development and community service projects. David also founded “Seven|Eight” (or “7|8”), which stems from the Japanese Proverb, “You fall down seven times, stand up eight.” 7|8 creates the space for FGLI Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students to share their experiences and to support and empower students from similar backgrounds.
David is also a co-founder of the Philadelphia-based non-profit organization called the “Collective Success Network,” which provides professional development and mentoring opportunities for FGLI college students. David served as the Co-Chair of Collective Success at Penn (CSAP). This past year, David served as the Co-Director of Student Programming for the annual 1vyG Conference, which brought together 350+ FGLI student leaders from 20+ institutions across the country for a weekend of community building, discussions, and workshops.
David was a Philadelphia Mayor’s Scholar, a Penn College Achievement Program (PennCAP) Scholar, and a member of the Oracle Senior Honor Society and the Carriage Senior Honor Society. He has been awarded the University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN) Student Leadership Award as well as the University of Pennsylvania Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Award for his work, advocacy, and support for FGLI college students.
After graduation, David moved to Vietnam through the United States Fulbright Program as an English Teaching Assistant, where he is teaching at the Hoàng Lê Kha High School for the Gifted in Tây Ninh Province. Following his Fulbright, David will be moving to San Francisco to join the Collective Health as an Operations Associate.
You may reach David via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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