Sun Young Yoon
Principal Researcher, Applied Research & Equitable Evaluation
While in college in Korea, Sun taught literacy to elderly women at the local community education center. Most of the women lived through the Korean War and had no opportunity to learn to read or write in Korean, except their names. Many were excellent students with lived experience, but they had internalized self-humiliation because of their lack of formal education. This experience challenged Sun to consider what systemic changes and support are needed to reach the least reached populations, particularly women of color. While Sun values the lasting impact individual teachers can have on their students, she wanted to help improve education systems to extend learning opportunities to underserved and marginalized populations.
Beyond her professional background, Sun is a bilingual immigrant Asian woman. She brings lived experience working in diverse settings, such as research organizations, schools, and UNESCO. She deeply enjoys collaborating with people with diverse experiences and professional expertise to co-create learning environments.
- Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Minor: Quantitative Methods in Educational Psychology