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Hyein Lee – Director, Programs & Evaluation

Hyein Lee is driven by the power of research and evaluation to build evidence-based narratives for immigrant and higher education equity.

She first learned about the necessity of rigorous data collection and management in supporting programs serving marginalized populations while working at the YMCA in Flushing, Queens. There, she analyzed benchmarks of success for immigrant students. Since then, Hyein’s work has focused on leading quantitative and qualitative assessment of programs promoting college access and success, such as TheDream.US and the CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative, at the City University of New York’s Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support.

Hyein came to the United States at the age of 17 from South Korea. She received a B.A. in History from New York University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on undocumented students in higher education.