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DERRICK NGUYEN, Claremont Colleges sophomore studying Linguistics




Major: Linguistics

College/Employer: Claremont Colleges

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi Everyone! My name is Derrick Nguyen and I am a current sophomore at Pomona College. I am a first-generation low-income student and I am also a Questbridge Match! I'm from Springdale, Arkansas and am majoring in Linguistics with a Spanish Minor. This will be my second year teaching at Claremont Splash with my new class TRAGEDIES AND TRIUMPHS. I have previously taught TRUE CRIME AND SOCIAL JUSTICE at Claremont Splash 2019 and UCLA Splash 2019



Past Classes

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H352: Tragedies and their Triumphs in Splash Spring 2020 (Feb. 22, 2020)
Throughout modern history, many of the policies set in place have derived from avoidable tragedies fueled by misconception, corruption, or plain ignorance. This class will discuss the modes of which misinformation and lack of knowledge could negatively impact society through real life tragedies, the consequences and impacts still felt in the modern world, and the importance of understanding those who've suffered before for you to enjoy a more comfortable life today. By the end of the class, you will have learned some historical instances that's changed the course of social policies and become more mindful of the systems in place today and question where they come from. This is a DISCUSSION BASED class. Participation isn't mandatory but the more we discuss the better the quality of everyone's learning experience.


P294: True Crime and Social Justice in Splash Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Attention true crime enthusiasts! In this course we will be looking into various subjects of criminology and other fields to review the different perceptions and attitudes of true crime. We will be examining specific cases that bring into question morality when laws can't guarantee justice for all, the rights of victims and survivors, and the dire consequences of misjudgments and prejudice. Such topics include but are not limited to: Paul Bateson and the victimization of LGBT men, the innocent black youth convicted in the Central Park Jogger case, Rachel Jeantel and her discredited testimony in the Trayvon Martin shooting, and more. By the time you leave the classroom, hopefully you will have learned the rippling effect media and society has and that you continue to ask yourself what responsibilities you have as an individual and what biases might arise that you can identify in future reports of crime. Further note: Because of the nature of the subject, explicit topics will be addressed such as murder, sexual assault, and more (I will try my best to stray away from discussing into detail about these triggering subjects)