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John Kaleekal

Graduate Assistant for Special Projects

About

John (he/him) is originally from Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb in Kansas City. He is Malayalee-American and has been living in Chicagoland since September 2017. He studies at the UIC School of Public Health concentrating under the UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health as well as the UIC Liautaud School of Business pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  He also works as an HIV adolescent research assistant at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Prior to moving to Chicago, John lived in South Korea for two years: teaching English and then working for the Fulbright Korea Commission.

His interests lie with serving the LGBTQIA+ Asian American community in Chicagoland/Midwest from a public health perspective, particularly in mental and sexual health. He is an avid fan of animation and keeps up with shows like Steven Universe, We Bare Bears, and Voltron. One of his favorite memories growing up in Kansas was going on a trip with his parents to see the world’s largest ball of twine. His favorite museum in Chicago is the MCA.

He is actively engaged with organizations in the city such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) and is a core leader for Invisible to Invincible (i2i): the Queer and Trans API Pride of Chicago. He hopes to better serve the midwest Asian American community through public health practice. He loves working at AARCC and learning from this special space.