¡Gracias por su apoyo! Thank you for your support!
Jessica was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Colombian parents and has lived (mostly) in Miami, Florida. She is a first generation college student and a graduate of Miami Dade College’s paralegal studies program. Jessica made a career change to pursue her passion for education by accepting a position at the University of Miami.
Jessica is committed to civic involvement, having held various leadership positions in student, non-profit and paraprofessional organizations. The most impacting, however, was her nomination to Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative, during which her and her cohort founded 305 Rise, a peer-to-peer leadership development program to increase MDC’s retention rates by engaging and providing mentorship to 20 first-year, first-generation minority students.
In 2012, Jessica was nominated by MDC President Eduardo Padrón for the Newman Civic Fellow Award, recognizing one student college-wide for leadership and civic engagement.
Jessica is pursuing her degree in Journalism with a minor in Sociology at the University of Miami. You can follow her on her blog at www.jessicaagiraldo.com or on Twitter @jessicag820.