Hello! My name is Theresa Mai, and I am a public policy and psychology major at Oregon State University. As someone who love to simply help others, my aim is to use research, policy, and advocacy to uplift and empower communities, especially those historically underserved. When I’m not busy with school, you can find me advocating for education at the Oregon State Legislature, mentoring high school and college students in Oregon, and researching ways to better support learning outside of the classroom!


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research, policy, and advocacy

Education: A Vehicle for the American Dream

An Issue Statement

When applying to my university's student advocacy program, I explained my mission to reimagine our education system as a launchpad for our students' livelihoods. Because of my strong application, I was accepted into the university-wide 50-student cohort.

Financial Literacy in K-12

A Policy Proposal

For the Truman Scholarship, I developed a policy proposal focused on intiating a pilot program for financial literacy. As a result of my scholarship application, I was chosen as Oregon State University's campus nominee.

Driving Policy Change: An Intern's Experience

A Blog Post

To conclude my internship at Forth, I published an article recapping my experience and how authentic partnerships can make an impact in policy.

Mt. Hood Community College Forensics

A Public Comment

Due to COVID-19, budget cuts are inevitable, yet my alma mater was considering to stop funding its own forensics team. In response, I sent a public comment to the board, persuading them to continue the program.

A Review on Study Strategies

A Lightning Talk

On a $750 scholarship, I did an independent research project on how college students study, especially those in different majors. As a result, it was submitted as part of one overarching research publication, focused on how to better predict learning as a whole.

Education During the Holocaust

A Story Map

With a story map, I explained how education was used as a form of resistance and empowerment for Jews. Being deemed as an important contribution towards Holocaust and genocide education, my project is published on the Honors College website.

what am I doing now?


Because of the pandemic, I am enjoying the company of my mother, sister, and chihuahua in Portland, OR. I am also (slowly) learning how to speak Spanish and Vietnamese, and I am reading What You Should Know About Politics ... But Don't. Besides that, I am listening to the following podcasts: Up First, Think Out Loud, OPB Politics, Freakonomics, 538 Politics, and The Weeds.


For this state legislative session, I am excited to be involved as a student advocate for Oregon State University and a legislative intern for State Representative Ruiz. Furthermore, I have received news that I am Oregon State University's campus nominee for the Truman Scholarship, and I will know if I am a finalist in mid-February.


questions, comments, or concerns? please don't hesitate to reach out.