Kim became “Dr. Mamma Kim” in 2010 when she graduated from the University of Utah with a PhD in Education, Culture, & Society. Her dissertation “Mentoring the Imagination: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth Engaging and Expanding Mentoring in Utah” considers the multiple ways that LGBTQ youth experience mentoring. She follows the participants’ lead to call for, and present, possibilities for mentoring that include interactions and moments in time that expand our ability to (re)imagine – in order to (re)create – ourselves outside of our current contexts.
She is currently the Associate Director of Gender Studies at the University of Utah. In this capacity she works with the Director to manage the interdisciplinary program, advise students, and teach in both the Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies programs. She is involved in multiple educational and political action efforts in the state of Utah including work to reform current immigration and adoption legislation. Kim also consults with the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah to develop and deliver “Safe at Schools” trainings to educators – an opportunity that grew out of her work with Point’s Summer Non-Profit Internship program, which was underwritten by The Palette Fund. One of Kim’s favorite roles was serving as a mentor to Cara Cerise, is now a Point Alumna who also lives in Salt Lake City.
Kim’s most treasured moments are spent with her family. Ruth, her partner (of 15 years) is mid-way through Law School at the University of Utah. Together they have two children, Riley (9) and Casey (5) who attend public school and keep their mammas more than busy! The family spends free time together in the garden, cooking, playing Legos and board games, and going for nightly neighborhood walks and bike rides.
Kim became a member of Point’s Board of Directors in 2013.