Jessica Alicea ’22 is from New York City, Washington Heights. She is an individualized studies major in human rights and social justice with a minor in peace and justice studies. On campus, she is a member of the Latin American Student Association and the Black Student Union. She has volunteered as a Peer Learning Associate for El Centro, an after school program directed by the Spanish department, and the Center for Public Center. During the semester she has had various part-time employments as an office assistant at the Office of Multicultural Engagement and a barista at the local Ugly Mug Café owned by Gettysburg College alumni.
In the previous year, Jessica has participated in the Eisenhower Institute’s Washington Connections and Inside Civil Rights programs.
She is highly passionate about human rights issues concerning the inequity of the public educational system especially in New York City, driving her to participate in the Pipeline to Grad School Bootcamp at the University of Berkeley Graduate Division. The opportunity to participate in this program broadened her knowledge and interest in addressing critical and ongoing civil rights issues including education access, housing segregation, and the criminal justice system.
After graduation, Jessica hopes to attend law school and become a human rights lawyer to have opportunities to address ongoing civil rights issues in her hometown.