Phitsamay Uy

Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy is an assistant professor in the Leadership in Schooling program and core faculty member of the Center for Asian American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is also a research fellow at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC). Dr. Uy is the first Lao-American refugee to receive a Doctorate of Education from Harvard University. Her research focuses on Southeast Asian educational experiences and family and community engagement. Her teaching experiences include being an elementary teacher, a literacy specialist, and an Asian American studies instructor. As an educational consultant, she has provided workshops on diversity training, culturally responsive strategies to engage immigrant and refugee families, and professional development workshops for school teachers, administrators, and staff and parent workshops for immigrant and refugee families. 

For over 20 years, Dr. Uy has been involved in various community boards of directors and steering committees including Legacies of War, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass- Boston, Chea Uy Trust Fund, and the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund (NSRC).  She is the new president of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of the Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA). Dr. Uy has also served as a reader and trainer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and the Asian American Pacific Islander Scholarship.