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(Chicago, IL)
Joy.messinger@gmail.com

Current employment and/or volunteer work:
After graduating from UNC’s School of Public Health in 2010, I moved to Chicago to pursue my MSW at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Since then, I have been working with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, where I currently serve as the Deputy Director, overseeing our sexuality education and youth development programming.

Outside of work, I have been active with several LGBTQ, Asian American, and feminist groups, including the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum, the Chicago Foundation for Women LBTQ Giving Council, Affinity Community Services Building Bridges Immigration Project, and Chicago Volunteer Doulas.

I’m currently a Core Member of Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago and a Board Member of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.

Suggestions/recommendations for current UNC students regarding career preparation, job searches, or career success:
My advice to students is to find something they are passionate about – whatever that is – and try and pursue that in whatever way they can.  Staying involved in your community – whether through activism or volunteering – can also be an important outlet for your passions, a way to stay connected to what is happening, and a perfect way to network with other people.  The job market is tough right now in many fields, so being proactive and connecting with others is key – even though I hate that so much of success lies in “who you know,” I’ve learned that it’s true.  Remember take care of yourself, too!

What do you know now that you wish you would have known as a UNC student?
I came from a small private liberal arts college for undergrad, so I wish I had known what it would be like to attend a large state university, especially one as focused on research as UNC.  I think I would’ve also benefitted from knowing how being a grad student was different from being an undergrad.

I would be willing to be a resource to students by…
Providing information/advice about my current career area, my geographic area, internship or summer employment opportunity with my organization, and regarding pursuit of graduate or professional degrees.  Also, sharing experiences regarding disclosure or nondisclosure of LGBTQ identities on applications, to employers, or to colleagues