Josefina Jaramillo

University of San Diego

Josefina Jaramillo, a third-year student at the University of San Diego (USD), is an active and engaged leader committed to creating positive social change in the larger San Diego community. Through USD's Mulvaney Center, Josefina was selected, among numerous student leaders, to serve as the Director of the Beyond Borders program. In her role she has become an advocate for immigrant justice as well as an educator to her peers. By exposing other students to cross border immersive and educational experiences, Josefina works to transform the lens through which people see immigrants, to include the effects of the border.

In addition to her exemplary work as Director, Josefina is active and engaged in a wide range of social issues, which include: education, homelessness, rights for the elderly, and civic dialogue. She has a deep understanding for the complexity of each social issue and their intersections, and her wisdom rests far beyond her years. Josefina is currently majoring in International Business and Finance, with the aspiration of connecting her studies to the advocacy and empowerment of marginalized immigrant communities.

Josefina Jaramillo's community engagement, passion for social issues, and desire to follow a career path dedicated to marginalized communities illustrates her values. She embodies USD's commitment, as a Roman Catholic institution, to advancing academic excellence, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.


James Harris T.
University of San Diego

Personal Statement

My name is Josefina Jaramillo and I am a Junior at the University of San Diego. As a child, I was raised in Nogales, a city that straddles both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. It was through the experience of being raised in a bilingual border town that I quickly became an advocate for immigrant justice. As I have entered into my college years, I have tried my best to connect both my identity and life's story to the work that I now endlessly defend. I serve as the Director of a program called Beyond Borders at USD. Our program strives to create awareness among students on campus regarding issues related to the border. We do so by leading immersion trips to Tijuana and immigrant communities in San Diego. I am also a Site Coordinator for a shelter for undocumented minors where we hold a "Social Justice through Art" Program on a weekly basis. My work with these programs and having grown up in a border town are what have inspired me to be the empathic, civically engaged young woman that I am today.

Josefina Jaramillo
International Business with a minor in Finance: 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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