Jonathan Lam

Cornell University



Jackson Heights, NYC


Industrial and Labor Relations, double minoring in International Relations and Migration Studies

Expected Graduation Date

May 2027

Your go-to fun fact

I share the same birthday as Malcom X and Yuri Kochiyama! Two incredible anti-war and racial justice activists who advocated against the Vietnam War.

Your “feel good” album

SOS – SZA (She should’ve won best album of the year over Taylor Swift at the Grammys)

If you had to be any type of bird, what type of bird would you be?

I actually hate birds but if i had to become one, it would be a peacock. They’re very colorful!

What motivates you to be a changemaker in your community?

As a child of Vietnamese Refugees, and growing up in a predominantly immigrant community in Queens, New York City, I’ve seen how the immigration system has directly affected those around me which inspired me to become a refugee and migrant rights activist. Since high school, I’ve engaged in immigrant justice community organizing and policy advocacy efforts which has shown me how activism is a powerful tool to advocate for both change and healing within BIPOC undocumented communities. In the future, I hope to become an immigration or international human rights lawyer continuing to fight for refugee and migrant rights.