Hi, I'm Dr. Ashlee (she/her/hers). I am a transracial, transnational Asian American adoptee. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and adopted and raised by a White family in the upper midwest, USA. I am a loving partner in an interracial marriage and the proud mama to an amazing multiracial kiddo.
My life is guided by my desire and commitment to facilitate healing and liberation. My worldview is informed by Grace Lee Boggs, Gloria Anzaldúa, bell hooks, Paulo Friere, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Parker Palmer, among others. I believe that autoethnography is transformative methodology, that connection is healing, and that self-work is the first step to liberation. I am particularly passionate about cultivating community for transracial adoptees and facilitating meaningful dialogue in interracial and multiracial communities.
What I bring to the table...
ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
Education for Healing and Liberation
I am an Assistant Professor of College Counseling and Student Development at St. Cloud State University. I teach multicultural counseling, student affairs professional orientation and ethics, group process and facilitation dynamics, among other courses.
STUDENT AFFAIRS EXPERIENCE
Advocating for Justice & Holistic Student Development
I have dedicated my career to supporting, mentoring, and facilitating college students' learning and development. I have worked at Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, and aboard the MV Explorer on the Spring 2015 voyage of Semester at Sea. I am passionate about advocating for justice, healing, and liberation through a lens of holistic student development.
Fostering Brave Space for Bold Conversations
TRANSRACIAL ADOPTEES (TRAs)
Centering TRA Voices and Brilliance
I endeavor to elevate transracial adoptee (TRA) visibility in student affairs and higher education. I believe there is tremendous insight and liberatory potential in TRAs' liminal perspective and positionality. I explore this and related ideas in my scholarship and community engagement, including in my current role on the national Advisory Council for the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network.
Gopher. Terrapin. RedHawk. Lifelong Learner.
I earned my B.A. in Strategic Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, M.Ed. in Counseling and College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland-College Park, and Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University in Ohio. Perhaps more formative than any of these academic accomplishments is my love of learning and inclination to always ask questions.
What people with whom I have worked say about me...
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