"Conducting international research, especially in the areas of war/conflict-affected areas, can be challenging yet rewarding. It often encounters uncontrollable barriers, disappointing yet unavoidable silly little mistakes, necessary redundancies and repetitions, meaningful wastes, and daunting unfamiliar procedures that just cannot be re-routed. It demands researchers to be not only knowledgeable and skilled, but also well-rounded with personal qualities that help them withstand and overcome such unforeseeable challenges. Jessamyn is one such person fit for this, with their razor-sharp brilliance, unwavering ‘glass-is-half-full’ vision, diamond-solid determinations, uncompromising integrity, and roaring courage. Now we are ready to make a real difference."

Dr. Masahiro Minami

"Throughout my program, there have been incredible opportunities to exchange and collaborate on ideas within the student body and with faculty members."

Jessamyn Hung

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Student Profile: Jessamyn Hung

Counselling Psychology master's student in the Faculty of Education

February 16, 2021
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I was born and raised on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Stó:lō, W̱SÁNEĆ, Kwantlen, and Stz'uminus peoples. My passions in life and in research focus on the intersections of culture, sexuality, and wellness. I completed my B.A. (Hons) at SFU, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Counselling and Human Development. I joined the Counselling Psychology Master's program to support accessible care and healing in my communities.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

During my undergraduate career, I took multiple classes with Dr. Masahiro Minami. I learned about Dr. Minami's leadership and research on healing and reconciliation in post-genocide contexts and I knew that I wanted to grow as a student, researcher, and future practitioner with his mentorship.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research seeks to explore the experiences of youth born of genocidal sexual violence during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda. My project aims to understand youths' experiences engaging with sexual health information and services as well as recommendations for improving access to care.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Throughout my program, there have been incredible opportunities to exchange and collaborate on ideas within the student body and with faculty members. I have truly appreciated learning about the wide range of research initiatives being explored in the program and witnessing the passion that individuals bring to their research.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I have received the B.C. Graduate Scholarship and the Dean's Graduate Fellowship. In the past year, I was awarded the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship has been invaluable as my research is firmly grounded in practices and values of fairness and reciprocity. This funding allows me to redistribute support into the communities that I will be working with.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

I believe that research and community work are at their best potentials when we engage in collaborative processes! I always welcome discussions with people of similar interests. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to connect or have any questions.

Contact Jessamyn: jessamyn_hung@sfu.ca

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