Associate Director of Recruitment and Outreach Management

About Samantha N. Yi

Samantha N. Yi is Associate Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach Management at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She oversees the admissions process, from inquiry to matriculation, for our full-time programs.

Previously, Samantha worked at DePaul University as an admissions officer for the College of Computing and Digital Media, recruiting for their graduate degree programs. She also has experience at the Office for International Programs at Loyola University Chicago, the Career Center at DePaul University, and the Evening/Part-time MBA program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Prior to moving to Chicago in the summer of 2016, Samantha worked at the City University of Hong Kong, where she helped improve the English language skills of local and international students.

It was during her time working with university-level students in Hong Kong that Samantha realized her true passion is rooted in working with students from around the world in the higher education setting. After living abroad for two years, Samantha moved to Chicago to pursue her master of education in higher education administration at Loyola University. Samantha also holds a BS in sociology from The George Washington University.

“I decided to work for Harris because of my passion for social justice and international students. I’m excited about the opportunity to recruit students who will change the world. And since Obama was the first president I ever voted for and also a “neighbor” of mine during my college days in Washington, D.C., I feel a personal connection to the Obama Foundation.”

Get to know Samantha

What are your hobbies?

  • Travel
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Cooking
  • Volunteering
  • Trying new restaurants

What’s your favorite book?

The Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s full of really interesting stories about how people succeeded in their goals and lives. And it reiterates and reinforces my own belief that success has a lot to do with having the right opportunities.

Can you tell us about a childhood hero or historical event that has inspired you?

I don’t have a favorite historical event, but I find the recent resistance movements that have been occurring extremely exciting. Whether it’s Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, or the March for our Lives, it’s inspiring to see so many young people not only fired up about the state of our society but willing to take action to make their feelings known.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

In the span of six years, I’ve traveled to more than 20 countries including Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Burma, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Macau, Croatia, Holland, Scotland, England, Italy, and Germany. I hope to explore South America next.

Ask Samantha about

  • The guilty pleasure of watching Real Housewives
  • Any Boston sports team
  • How to volunteer for America Needs You
  • How Chicago dim sum compares to dim sum in Hong Kong