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Project Manager

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Sinyeong Lee

Sinyeong (she/her) has recently joined as the Project Manager for the 5th wave. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she moved to Chicago in 2021 to attend the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences (MAPSS). With a primary interest in Affirmative Action as a means of generating a diverse environment in the Higher education system, she also grew interest in the Asian immigrant population as well as the second-generation youth. Her thesis examined the attitude toward affirmative action among Asian American voters and what factors affect the support for the policy. At MLSAAF, Sinyeong is committed to contributing her expertise and enthusiasm toward enhancing mental health outcomes for young Asian adults and understanding their unique challenges. 

Previous Project Managers


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 and started to work as a project manager since September, 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 lack of public dialogues on Asian American racial discrimination during the rise and height of the Asian hate crimes, Hye-Min became interested in studying systematic discrimination, racial complexities and disparities in U.S. In MLSAAF, she wants to investigate how racial discrimination experience influence development of Asian American youths and young adults. Also, she is interested in examining influence of parents' pre-existing characters on child outcome especially among the disadvantaged or minoritized families. She seeks to find better ways to support the well-being of Asian American young adults. 


Ahyeon Cho, MA

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. 


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.

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