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Dr. Tam Dinh is a beacon of hope in the Pacific Northwest, a fair-minded and community-oriented voice for social justice and the general welfare of the diverse communities to which she belongs. A caring and devoted educator, serving as Director of the Social Work Program at Saint Martin's University, she has helped to train hundreds of professional servants to the distressed and impaired among us. She is also, herself, almost confoundingly active as a community leader and advocate for social justice, being deeply committed to the health and well being of her fellow community members. It is my great pleasure to strongly recommend Dr. Tam Dinh for election to the Mercer Island School Board.

Michael P. Butler, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair of Psychology
Saint Martin’s University

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I wholeheartedly endorse Tam Dinh for the position of School Board, Position 5. As an assistant professor at Saint Martin’s University, I have had the privilege to work alongside her and witness her commitment to education and our social work students, first-hand. Under her leadership as Program Director for the Bachelor of Social Work program, our students have come to achieve more than they thought possible. She does this seemingly effortlessly, as she challenges them, awakens their curiosity, and helps them see that they can make their world a kinder, more just place, one person, one courageous act a time. Tam’s vision for our program is ambitious but no less than what our community and students deserve. It is a privilege to work alongside her to bring this vision to reality. She would be an incredible asset to the Mercer Island School Board.

Lori Sirs, DSW, LICSW
BSW Field Education Director
Saint Martin's University

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I have known Dr Dinh for over six years, and a gifted colleague and exceptional academic leader. She works tirelessly, has inspired hundreds of students and has brought an unsurpassed professionalism to our university. I had the privilege of hiring Dr Dinh, and together she and I crafted the Bachelor’s in Social Work program at Saint Martin’s University. Without her energy, vision and excellent writing and administrative skills, we would never had gotten our program accredited. We are presently in the top 6% of BSW programs in the nation, and our graduates are regularly accepted into graduate programs. Thank you, Tam! I highly recommend her, without hesitation.

Katya Shkurkin, Ph.D., LICSW
Former BSW Program Director

Conducting research under Dr. Tam Dinh was a pivotal moment in my career. She not only coached myself and two other research assistants on culturally responsive qualitative research methods, but acted as a springboard to a career in public service. After my term with her ended, she wrote a letter of recommendation in support of my successful application to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Her support has helped me get appointed to the City of Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission and secure a role as a project manager with King County after graduation. Her commitment to excellence, equity, and community are inspiring and I can not imagine a candidate more qualified to be your Mercer Island District School Board Director than her.

Johnson Nguyen
Master of Public Administration,
University of Washington
City of Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission Commissioner

Dr. Dinh is an amazing powerhouse and woman of change that I am honored to know. She has inspired me to dream big as well as guides me to fulfill those dreams. Using her wisdom and experience she leads a classroom with a down to earth and realistic understanding of the world. She has changed my life and helped me find my voice as well as confidence in myself. I am honored and blessed to know and have her as my mentor.

Antonia Aukusitino
Master of Social Work,
University of Southern California
Bachelor of Social Work,
Saint Martin’s University

Lost, homeless and afraid is where I was before meeting Dr. Dinh and the social work program at Saint Martin’s University. With the encouragement and mentorship of Dr. Dinh, and the guidance from her social work program that holds space for freedom of expression and social connection, I found passion, compassion, and most importantly, my life’s purpose. Dr. Dinh has been heavily influential in my ability to earn two separate bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree in less than five years. I now work as an Adult Therapist at a community mental health agency. My success demonstrates Dr. Dinh’s ability to inspire individuals to recognize their full potential and take positive action. Dr. Dinh shares her passion for social work and social justice with a compelling depth, candor, humor, and originality that puts even the most uninterested individuals on the front lines of addressing social issues.

Garret Jones
Former Sergeant/Stryker Technician
Master of Social Work,
University of Southern California
Bachelor of Social Work,
Saint Martin’s University

I am extremely blessed to know Dr. Dinh as my teacher, mentor, and supporter. As my teacher, Dr. Dinh encouraged me to critique and diversify my societal perception of the systems and structures of our world. She set aside time for each individual student, and challenged us to be better and more thought-provoking. The Social Work program at Saint Martin’s University became the forefront quality social work program because of Dr. Dinh’s leadership. Dr. Dinh is also my mentor and supporter. She not only embraces change, but will courageously do the work to lead us there. By challenging systems and power positions that have continuously oppressed the vulnerable and voiceless, Dr. Dinh is an advocate through and through. She has shown me what a powerful, respectable and intelligent advocate looks like and sounds like. In each of her students, Dr. Dinh instills a desire to be a lifetime learner which is why I feel so ready to continue my education at Seattle University where I will earn a Masters in Social Work by June 2020. Through her dedication, drive and thoughtfulness, Dr. Dinh has shown me what it truly means to serve another.

Morgan Olson

Dr. Dinh has been and continues to be instrumental in my development as a person, leader, and scholar. Prior to knowing Dr. Dinh, I lacked a sense of direction and purpose in my educational goals. Thankfully, Dr. Dinh was able to mentor me during my undergraduate studies at Saint Martin’s University and helped me to identify my strengths, passions, and purpose. Her mentorship has inspired me to complete my Master’s degree at the University of Michigan and even pursue my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jase Kugiya
Bachelor of Social Work,
Saint Martin’s University

My name is Andres Perez. I first met Dr. Tam Dinh during my last year on active duty while stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. I was a Soldier who was being retired from service but felt a desire to continue to serve. Dr. Dinh was one of the professors at Saint Martin’s University (SMU) that influenced me to take my passion for helping others and apply it the Social Work field. Still knowing very little to nothing about the social work field, I enrolled in the summer of 2014 and began my journey with Dr. Dinh leading the way. Dr. Dinh used her life experiences, her extensive knowledge, and her passion for teaching to inspire and lead my classmates. With her direction and dedication to my success, I earned my Bachelors of Social Work from SMU. She further inspired me and 75% of my class to apply for and pursue our Masters of Social Work. With Dr. Dinh’s words of inspiration and road map to hard work, I applied to the University of Washington’s Advanced Standing MSW program and was accepted. Dr. Dinh started me on a path to achieve things I never believed I was capable of, and she saw me cross the finish line. Dr. Dinh held true to her promise and was at my graduation from UW. Dr. Dinh is an amazing professor, and an inspiration to all social workers, and would be an invaluable addition to the Mercer Island School Board.

Andres Perez
Former Sergeant First Class (SFC-E-7)
Combat Medical Specialist
Master of Social Work,
University of Washington
Bachelor of Social Work,
Saint Martin’s University