Recent Alumni Award Winner: Joie Ha
The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences congratulates the 2022 Alumni Award Winners! These distinguished alumni have made positive, lasting impacts on not just CAHSS but within the liberal arts and their communities at large. We are proud to shine a spotlight on the incredible work these alumni have done and we look forward to their continued success.
Graduation year and major
BA ’15, Anthropology; Minors in International Studies, Psychology, and Leadership
What is your current role?
Founder, CORE: Community Organization for Radical Empathy, and Vice Chair, Colorado Asian Pacific United
How did you get into this career?
I have been a community organizer for over 13 years, largely due to my deep connection to my community and to my mother’s journey as a refugee. It has always been my belief that we should give back when possible, especially when we are afforded privileges that others are not. My journey has consisted of working with community organizations, international non-governmental organizations, non-profits, and more.
As I was already advising on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) issues, and community engagement, founding my own DEI consulting firm with my colleagues was a natural progression of my work. My firm, CORE, weaves consulting with grassroots methods which uniquely positions us to give authentic and relevant guidance.
What are your favorite memories of your time at DU?
Chartering the first and only Asian-interest sorority in Denver, Kappa Phi Lambda. As an Asian American woman that grew up in a more diverse community, attending DU was a culture shock. By founding Kappa Phi Lambda, my Sxsters and I were able to create a community and family where we could be our most authentic selves.
What advice would you give to new and current students?
Make sure to find your community and support system on campus, as it makes a world of difference, especially for minority students.