John Choi

Teacher, Director of Equity
University of Illinois – B.S.
Northwestern University – M.S. Ed.

Professional focus: I teach Evolutionary Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. I’ve previously taught AP Environmental Science. I also serve as Webb’s director of equity. I am a dedicated diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner with over 20 years of educational experience.

Scholarly or professional activities: In summer 2022, I engaged in affinity group facilitator training and other training focused on leading DEI efforts. I have taken students on multiple field study and service trips to Hawaii, the Galapagos and Rwanda. Since joining Webb in 2018, I have partnered with my fellow faculty and staff members to bring Webb students to the People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Conferences, sponsored multiple efforts to strengthen the Webb community and support the campus Empowering Student Voices Initiative and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) affinity groups. I am currently part of the Asian Educator Alliance, POCIS Withdrawal Support Group. I also volunteer at Purpose Church, including tutoring and serving homeless ministry.

Years as an educator: 20, with the last four at Webb

Grew up: I spent 88% of my life in Chicago.

Live on campus: Yes

Favorite spot at Webb: Faculty Field

Favorite music or musician: Alicia Keys

Favorite book or author: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Favorite TV show or movie: The Office

Saturday routine: Volunteering at a community farm with my family and getting Mexican food afterward.