SangHee Jeong, M.A.
Director of Academic Engagement, Global & Civic Opportunities
Professional expertise: climate change and international development; cross-cultural communication and education.
I came to Duke in 2007 as a Rotary World Peace Fellow to pursue a Master’s degree in International Development Policy (MIDP) at the Sanford School of Public Policy. As I developed my focus of study in climate change policy issues, I completed the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva, working as a research intern at the South Centre — an international non-governmental organization and think tank for developing countries. I wrote my Master’s thesis on climate change adaptation strategy for small island developing states. After graduation, I became a consultant for climate change knowledge dissemination and staff capacity building at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. I came back to Duke in 2012 and worked at the International House for five years as a student development coordinator, providing cross-cultural education to students, faculty and staff.
I hold a B.A. in Korean and German Language and Literature from Yonsei University. As a student, I explored lots of opportunities including participating in the Kibbutz volunteer program in Israel and studying a semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam. I started off my career as a cultural journalist, and in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, I worked as the delegate of the Korean Red Cross in Sri Lanka.
My life experiences confirmed my belief that the more diverse and rich experiences you explore, the clearer it gets to find the path that most excites you. My passion is to work with students to help them navigate a myriad of opportunities to make informed decisions to realize their personal, academic, and career goals. Now as a DAE for Global and Civic Opportunities at the Academic Advising Center, my door is open to anyone who wants to discuss their options for academic, research, and other immersive experiences. I am also a life-long mindfulness practitioner, teaching Koru Mindfulness Program every semester at Duke.