Alicia Jiggetts

University of Richmond

Alicia Jiggetts, a third-year Criminal Justice major and Bonner Scholar at the University of Richmond, has shown determination to contribute her time and energy to the Richmond community - both through one-on-one interactions and public platforms - and a commitment to learning and to addressing issues of inequality over the long term. She is the editor of RVAGOV, a student-run and university-hosted website that provides citizens with up-to-date information on local government. In addition, she has interned with the Restoration of Rights Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and is currently volunteering with the City of Richmond's Center for Workforce Innovation. In her internships and volunteer work, Alicia balances her hunger to affect the system with ongoing education about the ways the system impacts people around her. Alicia cares deeply about policy change, but she also knows that meaningful policy changes won't be possible if policy makers don't deeply understand the real experiences of people living in challenging circumstances. Working with people, and not only for them, is critical for Alicia. She cares deeply about making the justice system more ethical from the inside and helping people affected by the system understand it and influence it for themselves.

Ronald Crutcher
President
University of Richmond

Personal Statement

In my junior and senior years of high school, I discovered that volunteering in my community and speaking out against injustice was my niche. I spent a lot of time volunteering at elementary schools around my city and for my neighborhood's homeowners' association. One of the most memorable moments for me was being the only teenage student to attend a Town Hall meeting for the Homeowners' Association, where I was able to be a voice for the underrepresented and often unheard teenage residents. This experience, and many others, instilled in me the desire to foment change by being be both hands-on in the community and at the leadership table.

I carried this passion for service with me to the University of Richmond. As a Bonner Scholar, I committed myself to four years of civic engagement and to the fight for social justice for everyone. I am driven by a sense of social responsibility and a strong passion to right the social wrongs I observe around me. I am vocal about the issues both in the City and at the University because I believe that as a young person, I have a crucial role to play as a catalyst for change.

Alicia Jiggetts
Criminal Justice: Class of 2019
written 2018

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Terrell Saunders, UNC Greensboro Lizbeth Morales, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas Evelyn Denisse Monreal Pitones, Universidad de Monterrey Mikita Thompson, University of Baltimore Jayda Williams, University of Central Arkansas Madeline Mills, University of Central Florida Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma Wanjiku Gatheru, University of Connecticut Sarah Richard, University of Dayton Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, University of Denver Krista Smith, University of Florida Mariana Grijalva, University of Houston-Downtown Marvin Slaughter, University of Illinois at Chicago Alix Fisk, University of Kansas Cynthia Corona, University of La Verne Taryn Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Stephanie Milani, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Josue Rivera Valdez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faith Boone, University of Miami Anna Maria Genovesi, University of Michigan-Flint Jennifer Mossgraber, University of Missouri - St. Louis Sophie Moon, University of Montana Spencer Whyte, University of Mount Union Cassandra Griffin, University of Nebraska Omaha Daniel Suber, University of North Carolina Asheville Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Katherine Rasmussen, University of North Florida Brittaney Dyer, University of North Georgia Ashley Sánchez, University of Northern Iowa Prathm Juneja, University of Notre Dame Sabine Brown, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Heidi Lee, University of Pennsylvania Matthew Bell, University of Puget Sound Victoria Stabile, University of Rhode Island Alicia Jiggetts, University of Richmond Josefina Jaramillo, University of San Diego Daizha Green, University of South Carolina Tiana Burgess, University of South Carolina Beaufort Michael Sullivan, University of St Thomas Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin - Madison Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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