Faculty Profile

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Wooksoo Kim

Associate Professor
Social Work


  • PhD, Social Welfare, University of Washington, 2002

Professional experience:

  • Faculty, Social Work, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is a critical component for success in graduate education and beyond. It is my hope to help students navigate academia while juggling non-academic demands in life.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • 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.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.