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SooJin Pate

SooJin Pate

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Over the past two decades, SooJin Pate has worked as a professor, scholar, and writer who has been dedicated to centering the lives and experiences of historically marginalized peoples. She is passionate about fostering inclusion and creating access and opportunity for those who have been historically left out or left behind, in order to equalize and level the playing field. 

An alumna of Howard University, SooJin received her Master’s degree in English, specializing in African American and Caribbean literature. And since earning her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, she taught courses on critical race theory, women of color feminism, comparative race and ethnic studies, African diasporic literature, and U.S. history and culture at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. As a self-care practitioner, SooJin has led workshops across the country on how to maintain work/life balance and how to take care of yourself when taking care of others. 

She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Her writings on self-care, motherhood, African American literature, and Korean adoption have appeared in various journals and anthologies.


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 2010
    American Studies
    Minor: African American and African Studies, Asian American Studies
  • Howard University, M.A., 2001
    African American Literature and Caribbean Literature
  • Bethel College, B.A., 1999
    Major: English and Secondary Education

Speaking Engagements

  • "Adopted Korean Women Writers: History Shapes Our Writing Journey," Presenter, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, March 2019
  • “The Crossroads of Language, Culture, and Identity: A Korean Adoptee Perspective,” Presenter, Korean Partnership Program, October 2017
  • “Why Love Must Reign in a Time of Hate: From Microaggressions to Overt Racism,” Presenter, Center for Multicultural and International Engagement, December 2016
  • “Let’s Talk: Ferguson,” Panelist, Community Forum, September 2014
  • “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: An Introduction,” Presenter, Bethel College Multicultural Education, November 2012
  • “What If? An Adoptee’s Dilemma,” Community Forum, Moderator, September 2011
  • "Strategies for Creating Non-Oppressive Classrooms,” Presenter, Minnesota Association for Developmental Education, September 2011


  • "From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption," Author, 2014
  • “Finding the Missing Pieces: Korean Adoptees and the Production of Ritual,” Author, 2014