Jennifer Paradis

University of Saint Joseph

Jennifer Paradis is a sophomore Psychology/Social Work double major at the University of Saint Joseph who demonstrates civic leadership through her efforts on campus and within the community. As an advocate for social change, Jennifer actively engages with students, faculty, and staff to address social issues and create a conversation across lines of difference. Her commitment to educating others is paired with a determination to find tangible solutions to community problems. From actively participating in Hartford's Moral Monday Movement to her efforts to create a better-informed, more empathetic campus through Campus for Compassion and Diversity in Action, Jennifer inspires others to work for change.

Rhona C Free Ph.D.
University of Saint Joseph

Personal Statement

Communities shape us into who we are. When I started working at True Colors in Hartford, I found my community. I created workshops, summer programs, and activities for LGBTQ youth to develop their leadership, celebrate their identity development, and find community of their very own. Through working in Hartford my social consciousness was expanded, I was educated on different forms of privilege and oppression, and I began to engage in rallies for Black Lives Matter, the welcoming of Syrian refugees, and police accountability. I am indebted to the people who I built my community with who educated me, and so I brought that knowledge and passion with me to the University of Saint Joseph to continue building. I became engaged with Diversity in Action and have helped plan and run programs to talk about the many wonderful and difficult moments around difference. I also helped to create Campus for Compassion to encourage an empathetic and welcoming campus climate. Currently, I continue to do work with DiA, and am working with faculty and peers to further expand on having a conscious and affirming campus. I plan to have a lifetime of serving and bettering every community I am a part of.

Jennifer Paradis
Double Major: Psychology and Social Work : Class of 2018
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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