Janis Jin is a freshman from Irvine, California. As the daughter of Korean-Chinese immigrants who came to the United States for educational opportunities, education played a large role in her upbringing and continues to be one of her family’s most important values. She owes so much to teachers and mentors who have challenged her to think about histories and realities beyond anything she could have learned from a textbook – and would feel lucky to impact a student’s academic interests and trajectory in the way her teachers have so profoundly shaped her own.
In high school, Janis tutored elementary and middle school students in English and History every week at an after-school center in Santa Ana. She taught writing and instrumental music workshops over summer breaks, sharing with her students her love of language, literature, and music. She also founded the service branch of her youth orchestra, organizing volunteers to teach and work with elementary school students whose school music programs are under resourced. Janis is excited to join the UIC team and think about the role of interpersonal education and mentorship in relation to the larger urban histories and structural inequities in the city of New Haven.
Outside of UIC, Janis is a freshman liaison for the Asian American Students Alliance, a member of the Asian American Studies Task Force, writes for DOWN Magazine, and plays French horn in Coup de Brass. She hopes to study English and Ethnicity, Race & Migration at Yale, with particular interests in literary theory, ethnic and racial representations in literature, and Asian American Studies.