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Building a Diverse and Inclusive Environment

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Tracey Fung
MAIR '21
Q: What encouraged you to apply to Johns Hopkins SAIS?

A: I was really surprised with the number of Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates at my previous job in Washington DC and of how fondly they spoke of their graduate school experience—that left a deep impression on me. Also, while I was researching master’s programs, I was looking for a program that placed a strong emphasis on economics, and Johns Hopkins SAIS offered that and more.

Q: Could you please tell us about your experience serving on the school’s Student Diversity Coalition (SDC)?
A: I first came to know SDC through a member who reached out to me shortly after I was accepted to Johns Hopkins SAIS. I was very active in diversity advocacy while in college and being involved in this community remains important to me. After learning about SDC, I knew I wanted to be involved from day one, and so far, it has been the best experience of my graduate school experience. SDC is truly a collective of SAISers who care about their community and work hard to make it better. This year, my team and I have been partnering closely with senior administrators and faculty to make the entire Johns Hopkins SAIS experience more supportive and inclusive for all that come here.
Q: What does it mean to you to have been a first-generation college student?
A: I think it is commonly acknowledged that college can be challenging for first-generation students. Looking back, I definitely missed out on a lot of professional and academic opportunities that I did not know to look for. Now that I have more experience, I am much more comfortable with going to professors’ office hours, networking with alumni, and actively shaping my graduate school experience. It might not seem like a big deal, but I am personally happy with this growth.
Q:  People think of diversity in many ways. What does diversity mean to you?
A: Rather than limiting my definition of diversity, what is really important to me is continuing to expand my understanding of diversity within our society and all the intersecting identities that exist within. More importantly, now more than ever, I am learning that diversity is incomplete without inclusion, equity, and justice.
Q:  What are your hobbies outside of school?
A: I am really into graphic design, so I have been seeking out more opportunities to build a portfolio. I am also big into tennis and have been trying to maximize court time before winter.
Q:  What do you hope to do after you graduate?
A: After I graduate in May, I hope to start a career in impact investing.

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