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Student Profile: Jessamyn Hung
Counselling Psychology master's student in the Faculty of Education
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: email@example.com