Ryeora Choe
Co-Executive Director
  • B.A., Global Studies, University of Minnesota
  • M.A., Sociology, University of New Mexico
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Mexico
  • Ryeora Choe joined UVNR as a Research Director in 2023 and has since become the Co-Executive Director. She has been dedicated to advancing the UVNR's mission through her passion for a diverse and inclusive society.

    Ryeora arrived in the U.S. as an international student in 2008, driven by a strong interest in multiculturalism. She pursued her studies in Sociology with a focus on racial relations and the sociological conceptualization of mental health. Her graduate research centered on the integration of newcomers and their mental health, approached from a sociocultural perspective.

    Since 2016, Ryeora has been actively involved with UNM's Refugee and Immigrant Well-being Project. In her roles as both a research and teachingassistant, she has worked to enhance the understanding and support of well-being within newcomer communities. Her efforts focus on fostering resilience and promoting holistic health, ensuring that newcomer populations receive the care and support they need to thrive.

    Her research interests include newcomers' mental health in transnational contexts, focusing on diverse conceptualizations and coping strategies among those resettled in the United States.

    By combining her academic background with practical fieldwork and community engagement, Ryeora aims to create a more inclusive and diverse society and make the world a better place!