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Linh Huynh, '12

Linh Huynh, '12

Linh T. Huynh is a passionate artist, and an advocate for people with disabilities. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in psychology, and has already begun making an impact in the state and around the country with her title as Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2013.

Linh competed in Ms. Wheelchair America in July 2013, where she was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The honor has allowed her to expand awareness of disability advocacy in Michigan and beyond. As a part of her year-long duties for Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Linh will attend 30-45 regional and state-wide events.

As a student, Linh participated in a variety of campus activities. She is an alumna member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Delta Phi Lambda sorority. She also participated in the Child Life Council, and was a founding member of Vietnamese Interests, Education, and Traditions. For her involvement on campus, she received the “I am Grand Valley” award for 2010 and 2011.

Linh began speaking as a guest lecturer for the GVSU School of Social Work and the Psychology Department as an undergraduate and still visits Grand Valley classrooms as an alumna. She educates students about pluralism in American society, the psychology of physical disabilities and shares her experiences living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

As a freelance graphic designer in the Grand Rapids area, Linh continues to expand her portfolio. She is continuing her post-graduate studies at Western Michigan University, working toward a Child Life Professional Certification.

Her volunteer work in West Michigan is focused on helping children cope with traumatic experiences at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Metro Health Hospital. She also supports GVSU’s “Wheel Run Together” race. She strives to set an example for others who are living with disabilities and lives by the mantra: “When life gives you lemons, make cupcakes.”

Linh currently resides in Grand Rapids with her family.

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