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Yu-Yu Lin

Global Activities Scholars Program

Yu-Yu Lin (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Taiwan and completed her undergraduate studies in Economics at National Tsing-Hua University. She is passionate about sustainability and social justice. Previously, she has done fieldwork with Indonesian coffee farms looking at exploitation in the international coffee trade. She is also a co-founder of a social enterprise aimed at building older adults’ mental and physical health.

Yu-Yu worked as a program manager in the Corporate Sustainability Office at Cathay Financial Holdings, one of the biggest financial companies in Taiwan. She introduced the Theory of Change in managing and evaluating over 100 projects related to sustainable business opportunities, rural education, financial literacy, donations, and community involvement. Yu-Yu is a candidate for dual Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Social Work, focusing on international development, refugees, and social impact evaluation. Her field placement is with Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County as an Employment and Empowerment Economic Intern serving refugees. As a Global Activities Program scholar, Yu-Yu seeks to further her knowledge of individuals interacting with systems and structures globally and acquire the skill of addressing systemic failures through evidence-based intervention evaluation. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in an international organization and ensure that resource distribution is fair and respectful to the community’s decision. She enjoys hiking, exploring nature, traveling, and jogging in her free time.

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