Welcome to Our New Students!

Maggie Barrows
November 14, 2023

Madison Xiaoyao Bogard and Jimin Sung are contributing their time and expertise to topics including substance use coercion of women and the impacts of racism and heterosexism in the LGBTQ+ community.

Madison Xiaoyao Bogard

Madison Xiaoyao Bogard returns to SIG for her doctoral studies after receiving her MSW from Columbia School of Social Work. Her research delves into the multi-level impact of substance use coercion on drug-using women and seeks to understand the survival and care strategies women engage in when traditional paths to safety are inaccessible.

She is a fellow in the NIH T-32 Predoctoral Training Program on HIV and Substance in the Criminal Justice System, under the mentorship of Dr. Victoria Frye. Her goal is to develop a syndemic-based intervention that employs an anti-carceral framework to enhance safe drug use and survival strategies among women experiencing IPV. 

Prior to her doctoral studies, Madison worked as a counselor and legal advocate for survivors detained at Rikers Island, and she also served as a case manager for incarcerated men in Detroit, MI. In her personal time, she runs a community mutual aid initiative providing survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sex trafficking with free tattoo cover-ups. Madison earned her BA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work.

About her return to SIG for her doctoral studies, Madison said, "The thinkers and research at SIG continuously inspire me to work towards the freedom and safety of survivors. I am excited to train alongside Victoria and learn from her creative and culturally inclusive approaches to intervention research."

Jimin Sung

Jimin Sung, a doctoral student at Columbia School of Social Work, joins SIG as a graduate research assistant working with Elwin Wu on his research projects investigating the potential impacts of racism, homophobia, heterosexism, and other issues affecting the well-being of Black men who have sex with men. 

In her doctoral studies, her research centers on examining the effects of social oppression on the well-being of stigmatized individuals, particularly those with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Her primary objective is to gain insights into the mechanisms of stigmatization, how people respond to it, and strategies for coping with various forms and degrees of stigma.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Jimin worked as an advocate at an Independent Living Center in Seoul, South Korea, where she actively engaged in disability justice activism aimed at promoting disability liberation within Korean society. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social welfare from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.

"I am thrilled to be joining this amazing team and am looking forward to collaborating with SIG to conduct meaningful research that truly values the lived experiences of marginalized communities," Jimin says of coming to SIG.

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