Sejung Kim is currently majoring in International Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University. She studied International relations during her bachelor’s degree and is deeply interested in transnational migration, especially that of refugees. She is currently researching the status of social inclusion of refugees residing in South Korea; in particular, she is focusing on university-run social inclusion programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
Jungwon Kim is a master’s student at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, France, majoring in International Economic Policy. Her research interests lie in the impact of international organizations and their economic policy on individual countries. As someone who was born into South Korea’s “IMF Generation”, which refers to those who grew up during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, she learned from the past generation about the importance of a balanced economy. And with the Global Financial crisis in 2008, she has witnessed how economic crises can impact individual households by increasing economic disparity. The events have given her strong motivation to help those who are marginalized across the world. She aims to promote sustainable industrial development in developing countries through her research. She received her B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Sciences Po Paris Campus du Havre in 2020. She also spent one year at Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, as an exchange student where she conducted an independent study on how COVID 19 impacted the Korean American community and the response of Korean American organizations. She enjoys traveling and watching international films.
Haneul Kim is a Junior at Yonsei University Underwood International College, majoring in International Studies. She also studied at Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, as an exchange student at the school’s Government department. She is enthusiastic about a variety of international issues and their impact on individuals’ lives. Her main interests include international security, global environmental issues, and human rights. Studying the human security paradigm, she realized the significance of perceptions and public opinion in international relations. Therefore, she is currently a member of the Asia Society Korea Voice of Youth program where she is conducting independent research on public, governmental, and international attitudes towards South Korea’s nuclear strategies. Also, during her time at Dartmouth, she was an intern for the school’s Sustainability Office, where she was involved in social outreach programs and the school’s waste diversion initiatives. Regarding the COVID-19 situation, she is leading the production of an audiobook series titled, “The New Normal” as an attempt to collect and spread awareness on the effect the pandemic situation had on the lives of people around the world.
Howon Kim (Joseph) is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Seoul National University International Studies, majoring in International Cooperation. He aims to research cultural and social difficulties that the refugees in South Korea face when they integrate into the South Korean society. He acquired Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2017. He was an active participant of UNICEF UNT and served as a Secretary for Korean Student Associations (KSA) for year and half.
After the graduation, He not only had the privileges to work with staffs with diverse different social, political, and economic backgrounds, but he also had a chance to interact and mingle with refugees from diverse countries from Southeast Asia, Africa, to South America at both Refugee Services of Texas (RSTX) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas, Texas.
At the RSTX, He was responsible for coordinating and administering different levels of English Classes for the refugees. At the IRC, he provided all the required services to the refugees who were trying to resettle in a culturally unfamiliar place at the Reception and Replacement (R&P) Department. For instance, required services include medical supports, housing, school enrollments, and others.
Dohyun Park is a dedicated and capable researcher with extensive experience and education in areas of sociology, international studies, and research. She has received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Studies at Seoul National University, especially focusing on immigration and refugee policies in the US and South Korea. As a research intern at the Center for Transnational Migration and Social Inclusion, she is contributing to providing a better understanding of the current status of refugees residing in South Korea. The research further suggests a University-driven social inclusion program to help refugees adjust to the new environment with a comparison of pre-existing systems implemented in other developed countries. The main focus of the research is the analysis and comparison of each countries’ policies on immigrants and refugees, with a strong interest in research engagement with policymakers and advocacy groups.
Dayoung (Day) Lee is the research intern at the Center for Transnational Migration and Social Inclusion. By assisting research on the educational policies of refugees, she conducts interviews with current refugees residing in Korea. By collecting their perspective on current policies, she aims to comprehend the future policy direction and modifications that can be socially inclusive. Prior to joining the center, she has worked as a research assistant at Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) in 2018, and as an intern at the Geneva office of the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) in 2017. She has assisted research regarding “Digital openness in Developing Countries”, “Global Startup Ecosystem in African Countries”, and ‘Citizen Participation Openness Through the CIVICUS Monitoring Program”. Additionally, global education and equal opportunity for education is her passion and she has been a teacher at various institutes, volunteer programs, and schools for six years. Moreover, she has written reports titled “Analysis on Violations of Right to Education in the Current Education System: Foreign State Born North Korea Defector Youth”, “Orphans of South Asia: Rohingya’s Cry for Help to India” that center around human rights violations on defectors and refugees and advocates domestic and international attention for protection.
What marked Jooman Choi’s life and every choice along the way was having lived in three different countries: South Korea, the U.S., and Colombia. Always adventurous, he decided to embark on a journey by moving by himself when he was 15. He landed in California and became interested in the Spanish language, the Chicano community, and the problems that this group face in the U.S while in high school. Wanting to delve into the dynamics, he decided to earn his college degree in Bogotá, Colombia.
Income inequality, classicism, racism and, abject poverty are some of the notions that he experienced while living in Colombia. At the end of his stay, he was impacted by the immigrant crisis of Venezuelans and became interested in the subject in his home country. Upon research, he found out about the rejection of the Yemeni refugees in Korea, and he decided to come to Korea to do a master’s degree. After meeting refugees and working as a volunteer at an NGO, he was able to come up with a research subject: transgender refugees. Working as an intern at CTMS, he aims to shed light on this marginalized and invisible community to empower them.