Douglas H. Lee

Research Fellow
Colorado State University
"To ensure that higher education is accessible and meets students where they are and come from."

Douglas Lee has been working in higher education and social justice issues for the Asian American community over the last 15 years in a variety of roles. His career is centered on understanding and meeting the needs of communities, especially to underserved Asian American groups.

Prior to joining the Campaign and his doctoral studies, he worked in higher education and the non-profit sector. He worked as Senior Program Manager for the Organization of Chinese Americans, a national Asian American social justice organization working with college and high school students and advocacy efforts. After his master’s degree, he worked as the Assistant Director for the Asian American Center at Northeastern University and expanded their leadership and cross-cultural programming. He then moved to South Korea and became the first Associate Director of Student Leadership and Programming at the University of Utah Asia Campus and launched the Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC), overseeing student programs, including residential life, student government, and clubs/organizations.

During his doctoral program and in several graduate assistantships, he has authored and co-authored four policy briefs that range in topics, including test policies at University of California schools, supporting transgender students on campuses, addressing the needs of undocumented/DACA students, and helping to make STEM higher education better for Black and Latinx communities. He has also worked on several research projects that focus on understanding selective college admissions and whiteness in higher education.