Heidi Lee

University of Pennsylvania

Heidi Lee, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has engaged in distinguished service and demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the educational opportunities and quality of life for students in the West Philadelphia community. Heidi's work to improve educational attainment and access to higher education for local high school students is motivated by her own experience as a first-generation college student. In the summer of 2016, she served as a mentor and teaching assistant, preparing college-bound students from West Philadelphia as they navigated the difficult transition from under-resourced high schools to college. She also researched and implemented a schoolyear program called Team ASAP at a local high school, providing support for students in the school's inaugural AP class. In addition to her research and work on educational access, Heidi has made significant contributions to the Penn community as an advocate of student service and engagement, including as a teaching assistant in two Academically Based Community Service courses. Heidi is an outstanding leader who has served as a role model for her peers at Penn, as well as the many high school students she has worked with in the West Philadelphia community. Her passion for service has inspired faculty, program supervisors, college peers, and high school students alike.

Amy Gutmann
President
University of Pennsylvania

Personal Statement

Community engagement with students in West Philadelphia is integral to my educational experience and success as a first-generation, low income student at Penn. I have worked primarily with high school students at Sayre High School and the extraordinary teachers there. I have worked with Sayre students and staff in order to implement Team ASAP (Academic Success in Advanced Placement) a student support group that focuses on the power of peer to peer networks that was developed through the Penn Program for Public Service; this experience led me to continue to build on my passion of community engagement and continue to be involved at Sayre and also as a teaching assistant for Academically-Based Community Services courses-lending my expertise onsite in schools to Penn students. My experiences and work are predicated on the expertise of teachers and faculty and relies on the belief that students in urban schools are agents of change and are leaders in their education as well.

Heidi Lee
Fine Arts Major, Consumer Psychology Minor: 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 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 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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