Project Manager

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Ahyeon Cho

ML-SAAF Project Manager

University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Ahyeon is the Project Manager of the 2021 MLSAAF project. She moved to Chicago from Seoul, Korea to attend the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences (MAPSS) in September, 2019. While taking several courses on race and families, she took an interest in the struggles faced by minority families, especially that of Asian American families. After the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of Asian American hate crimes has made her more committed to research how such changes impacted Asian Americans regarding their racial experiences and their mental health. As the current Project Manager of the 2021 MLSAAF survey, she hopes to engage with as many participants as possible to record their experiences via the MLSAAF surveys. She believes that it is important to make Asian Americans voices heard by creating representations of Asian American experiences accessible, which is what the MLSAAF survey aims to do. When she is not contacting participants through emails, texts and calls, she enjoys going to Chinatown for dim sum and boba tea and dangerously spends most of her pastime in the world of Animal Crossing. 

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Hye-Min Jung

ML-SAAF Project Manager

University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Hye-Min Jung has been a Research Assistant with MLSAAF since 2021. She was born and raised in Korea and moved to Chicago in 2019 to attend the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Having to witness the BLM movement in 2020, the rise of the Asian hate crimes in 2021, and the lack of public dialogues on Asian American racial discrimination, and as a foreign-born
recent Asian immigrant, Hye-Min was confused about how to understand the complexities of racial
discrimination among the U.S minority groups. So, HyeMin felt obliged to study more about racial discrimination, especially about its effect on Asian American youths’ development. She is looking forward to hearing more experiences of the young Asian American adults in MLSAAF study and wants to find better ways to support the well-being of Asian American young adults. At the same time, she is excited about the summer trip to Korea in August and is eager to discover delicious restaurants during her stay in Korea.

Previous Project Managers

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Grace Lee, MA, LCPC

Grace Lee joined the ML-SAAF team as Project Manager in December 2016. Not only is she busy managing the ML-SAAF team, she is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families of multicultural backgrounds. Prior to joining the team, she worked for a Korean American non-profit organization providing counseling services for  Korean American youth and families. Grace has her B.A. from Boston University and received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In her free time, she can be found chasing after her toddler son.