Marvens Pierre

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Marvens Pierre is a third-year student at University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a student leader who is active in issues regarding education equity and access. For the past three years, he has been part of Student Bridges, a student-led organization on campus with an important mission to increase college access and success for underrepresented students at UMass Amherst and in neighboring communities. He is currently the Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Student Bridges, responsible for ensuring the sustainability and effectiveness of educational programs both on and off campus. Through partnerships with local schools and community organizations, he promotes college awareness, preparation, and success activities, and he advocates for enhanced institutional and public policies and practices. As a tutor-mentor at several local high schools and middle schools, comprised of mostly low-income, underrepresented students, he builds strong bonds and creates reciprocal relationships with the students by providing them with a positive role model and friend. His leadership and mentoring encourage young students to aspire and hope and to believe in their potential and inner strengths. He is a driven and passionate leader who has demonstrated his ability to bring visions of student advocacy and educational equity to life.

Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Personal Statement

Community engagement has always been an integral part of my life. Before I came to university, I always sought out opportunities to volunteer at shelters and community centers. As I volunteered in these places, I fostered everlasting connections and relationships with the people and communities I interacted with. Once I enrolled at UMass Amherst, and in my first semester took a service-learning course, I realized I have unconsciously been living through core values of community engagement. Community engagement to me means more than just simply volunteering and establishing relationships. It goes deeper into enabling and promoting effective social change and fighting economic inequality. Currently, I am a student-leader in the Student Bridges program, whose mission is to increase college access and success for underrepresented students through our work with students on campus as well as in local high schools and middle schools. Through Student Bridges, we investigate root causes of inequity and combine the energy and resources from UMass Amherst and local communities in order to address and overcome issues of affordability, preparation, and social capital. I strive to be community-engaged in all my efforts as it inspires me to look forward to a more socially just and sustainable future.

Marvens Pierre
Social Thought & Political Economy / Anthropology: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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