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Dr. Dao Ngyuen

Summer 2010


I am nominating: Dr. Dao Nguyen
Years of Service at Cal Poly: 8
Department: CAPS
Position: Counselor & Group Coordinator

Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?: Beyond being an outstanding counselor who provides support and direction to lost and distressed students, Dr. Dao Nguyen is a valued team-member. She is actively involved in outreach activities and clinical services. Her fellow counselors report that "Dao is an invaluable colleague and clinician. It is an honor to work with her. Her professionalism and adherence to high ethical standards is an asset to CAPS. I especially value the cultural competence she has attained and consistently shares with us."

Please select 3 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies: Student-Centered Philosophy, Integrity, Passion, Quality, Richness of Diversity

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1: Dr. Nguyen is always willing to take on whatever task or role is needed to better serve our students. After CAPS started several psycho-educational courses and process groups, Dr. Nguyen recognized this growing part 0f our operation needed coordination and leadership and volunteered to meet that need.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2: Dr. Nguyen always practices at the very highest levels of ethical and clinical judgment and helps CAPS as a whole to meet those same standards. Her clinical judgments are astute and insightful and always helpful in case conference meetings, helping to ensure that students are always getting the highest quality of care from all CAPS counselors.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #3: Dr. Nguyen is especially passionate about cultural diversity. She teaches CAPS pre-doctoral interns the skill set and confidence needed to be culturally competent therapists and challenges her colleagues in their own professional development in this area.

In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?: All of the above already mentioned, plus... a few of her clients have commented: "Dr. Nguyen is doing a great job!", "I've gained confidence in myself, and learned to honor my decisions and desires. I learned self-acceptance and how to be true to myself."