Ju Hong is a current research assistant at Harvard University, working on National UnDACAmented Research Project or NURP, a national research study that seeks to understand the effects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the everyday lives of young undocumented immigrants receiving or wishing to receive) its benefits.
Hong came to the United States from South Korea at the age of 11 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Laney College in Oakland, where he was elected as the first Asian American and youngest student body president. Ju graduated from Laney College and transferred to University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Political Science. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University.
In 2011, Ju conducted an act of civil disobedience along with other undocumented students to empower young undocumented immigrant youth and to protest the inhumane treatment of immigrants. This marks the first time undocumented youth participated in nonviolent civil disobedience in California.
Ju graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, and he is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. After he graduates from the program, he hopes to continue to support underprivileged immigrant communities through public service.