Jeramie Kim


Jeramie Kim is a senior at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon. He is the founder and president of his school's Cultural Appreciation Club, a youth-led affinity group seeking to build community by learning through members' differences. Jeramie launched this group in September 2021 to address the underlying cultural preconceived notions within his rural community. Over the past year, the group’s Cultural Exploration Initiative, consisting of Advisor Presentations, Cultural Toolbox Tuesdays, and Weekly Meetings, along with their partnership with the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, has impacted over 1,300 community members in Benton County. Jeramie has also been a consistent advocate for racial equity within the Corvallis School District, through the Students Advocating For Equity (SAFE) affinity group, as evidenced by the creation of the Land-Acknowledgment Mural, the Report-A-bias-Incident Form, and the School Renaming Task Force. Outside of Corvallis, Jeramie provided feedback on Oregon House Bill (OR HB) 2697, which was the first of its kind in the nation, as noted in the Portland Tribune and Statesman Journal. The bill stirred his curiosity about advancing equity, paving the way for research on inclusivity bugs in software at Oregon State University and adolescent health at the Oregon Health Authority. Jeramie's educational equity work related to SAFE and the Cultural Appreciation Club reaches more than 6,400 youth within his public school district along with 550,000 students statewide in Oregon. After graduation, Jeramie plans to study abroad in Germany for an academic year before enrolling at Vanderbilt University.