KACL’s annual Young Leader Symposium explores how certain Korean Americans have found themselves at the forefront of various social challenges, and how each one of us, through individual action and cooperation, can truly change the world into a better place for all. The symposium features prominent Korean American and Asian American guest speakers on topics such as careers in the government, community service, education, and various issues concerning the AAPI community.


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2020 Young Leaders Symposium

November 14, 2020 | 2PM-4PM

2020 Young Leaders Symposium Speakers

Dr. Stephanie Han is an author, educator, and speaker. She authored Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs Books), recipient of the Paterson Fiction Prize, finalist for AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and the Spokane Prize, and shortlisted for the Asian Books Blog Award. The book’s stories also won prizes from Nimrod International Literary Journal, The South China Morning Post/RTHK, and Santa Fe Writer’s Project. Han received grants and fellowships from PEN, VONA, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and was the inaugural English Literature PhD graduate of City University of Hong Kong. She lives in Hawai’i, home of her family since 1904. She teaches writing workshops at

Josephine Kim is a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the former faculty director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard School of Dental Medicine where she launched award-winning K-16 pipeline programs. She is an affiliated faculty at the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Her clinical skills and experiences span many contexts including residential treatment facilities, federal agencies, and public and private schools. She is an internationally known speaker and consultant who lends her expertise on cross-cultural, mental health, and student support issues to various media sources in Asia and in the U.S. She is USA Today's collegiate case study expert on school violence and lectures routinely on EBS (Educational Broadcast System) and KBS (Korea Broadcast System) in Korea on developmental and mental health issues of children, youth, and families. She is the keynote speaker at 80-100 parent, teacher, counselor, and youth conferences yearly and is the founding board chair of a nonprofit organization that aims to educate Asian Americans on issues of cultural and racial identity, intergenerational conflicts, cross-cultural advocacy, spirituality, and mental health. She is a former resident fellow in the Administrative Fellowship Program at the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Harvard University.

Young Kim is a student at Boston College and content creator. You can find him on Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, and Twitch.

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