Elizabeth Choe

#PolicyProfile: Elizabeth Choe, Director, Undergraduate Program Office

Nov 19 2021
By Staff

Being able to help students on any spectrum, and advance everyone on equal footing to help them through to graduation and beyond, is important. 

One of the most life-changing moments for me has been becoming a mother — I have two boys. And when I was working at New York University, I helped to create a group called ‘Working Mothers of Color.’ It was a place for us to come together and talk about what it is to be a working mom of color at a large institution. We would talk about things like navigating HR policies around maternity leave, how to advance one’s career, and integrating self-care into our lives. That was one of the most meaningful things I was able to help establish. My career thus far has been full of purpose. My experiences have been a string of me wanting to help people. 

Working in higher education and having mentors encouraged me to be someone who helps people find their way in education.
Elizabeth Choe

I am passionate about college-age students. For most people, it's their first time away from home, and they're navigating new identities. Being able to help students figure it out, come out of their shells, and find new experiences is very rewarding. I especially think it's important to elevate student voices. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are very important to me. I came to SPIA at an exciting time where we can create a new identity for the undergraduate program. Associate Dean Paul Lipton has given me space to bring in new ideas, and Dean Amaney Jamal has very clear points, visions, and goals that align very closely with my own personal values of higher education. I want students to look back on their time at SPIA and say they had an enriching experience in the undergraduate program because of our team.

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