May 2, 2017


El que se cansa, pierde. — Dicho Venezolano (He who tires, loses. — Venezuelan Saying)

One look at her resume, and you’d think she never sleeps.

Jennifer Urdaneta ’17 has packed a lot into her time at Guilford: a double major in Criminal Justice and Community and Justice Studies; member of the Swim Team; senior Bonner Scholars intern; resident assistant; secretary for Hispanos Unidos de Guilford; two years as tenor sax in the jazz ensemble — and she’s not done yet.

In her gap year after graduation, she plans to return home to Oakland, Calif., to work as a dispatcher for the police department.

She was also accepted into the International Policy and Development program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., and plans to pursue a career in foreign service and international policy.

Jennifer has a special appreciation for the bridge-building potential of stories, an appreciation she says she learned from her mentor, James Shields ’00, director of the Bonner Center.

“Stories are important to educate and connect with others who may be different than you,” she says. “I also learned how important community is, and to keep the values I learned in Bonner and Guilford with me in each career or vocation I choose.”