Jennifer Tu

Youth Ambassador, UCA WAVES Coordinator

Jennifer Tu, Youth Ambassador, UCA WAVES Coordinator, is currently a medical student at Duke School of Medicine and a graduate of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture fellowship at Duke Divinity School. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Neurobiology and Global Health/Health Policy. In 2016, she was selected to be a Luce Scholar in Taipei, Taiwan, where she learned about and researched caring for people with dementia.

Jennifer plans to become a psychiatrist after she graduates from medical school next year. She is committed to promoting mental health and wellness, preventing suicide, and advocating for antiracism particularly among minoritized communities, through her vocation as a physician, identity as a Chinese American, and faith as a Christian. 

A child of immigrants, Jennifer grew up hearing about her parents’ stories of survival during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and has worked toward reconciling their stories of loss, immigration, and resilience with her own. She is passionate about building human connections across generations and hopes to address transgenerational trauma with the UCA WAVES team.

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