Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate at Princeton University, pursuing a degree in the School of Public and International Affairs. Hailing from her hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Jennifer identifies as a disabled Korean-American woman with Crohn’s disease, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. After learning more about chronic illness and invisible disabilities, she found her calling in disability advocacy as a 2021 Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adult Network Fellow and a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s National Council of College Leaders. On Princeton’s campus, she is the president of the Disability Collective, co-president of the Asian American Students Association, and co-chair of the Pace Civic Leadership Council! Most recently, Jennifer was a legislative intern in the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren through the American Association of People with Disabilities. Jennifer is particularly passionate about the role intersectionality and inclusion play in disability justice, hoping to shed light on the ways in which her dual identities as an Asian American and disabled woman intersect. Jennifer is the founder and executive director of the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative (AADI), a youth-led nonprofit organization that aims to uplift and amplify the voices of disabled Asian Americans across the nation. She’s absolutely thrilled to receive the 2021 Heumann-Armstrong Award, in the hopes that she can be the representation she couldn’t find in the disability community when she was first diagnosed.

 Headshot of Jennifer smiling at the camera.

ID: Jennifer is a young Korean-American woman with medium-length black-brown hair. She is wearing a dark purple blouse tied over a black tank top with blue jeans. She is smiling on a balcony, with a purple-pink sunset behind her.