Faculty Profile

Isok Kim.

Isok Kim

Associate Professor and MSW Program Director
School of Social Work


  • PhD, Social Work; Psychology, University of Michigan, 2012

Professional experience:

  • Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Community-Based Research

What mentoring means to me:

My primary goal in mentoring is to support ethnic minority students to effectively navigate the academic world and understand their important contributions to diversify a discipline's perspective.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.