Christine LeeChristine is currently a second year GPPA bioengineering student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since a young age, she actively volunteered to improve her community as well as spread awareness of her Korean American background. At a mere age of nine years old, she proudly wore her traditional Korean dress, known as a Hanbok, and represented her Korean heritage in front of hundreds of people during the flag raising ceremony at the annual Skokie Festival of Cultures.

For her entire high school career at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, she was an active member of several volunteer organizations such as Key Club, National Junior Honors Society, and National Honors Society. Christine founded the Korean American Club at her high school, and held an executive leadership position in National Honors Society and Asian American Club. She was also a lead alto saxophonist in her school band program. Through this, she was able to compete in city and state competitions, as well as travel to Washington D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center. Through her involvement in her high school, she quickly became positively known amongst her school body, and was voted prom queen at her senior prom by her peers, making her the first Korean American to achieve this title.

In the summer of 2015, she dedicated the entirety of her summer to becoming a lead volunteer for the Korean American Association of Chicago presidential election. Through this, her leadership skills grew and she became even more passionate about her Asian American background. In college, she actively dedicates her time to volunteering at service events, and recently helped fundraise over $2000 to donate to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Currently, she is preparing and planning a Korean Young Generation Leadership Conference, hosted by the Korean American Association, as a second chair preparation committee member. Christine’s dedication and love for serving the community and spreading cultural awareness continues to grow every day, and will always be something that is very important to her.