After attending Black History Month events while visiting campus, Jacquelyn knew Guilford was the right choice. “At the event, students, faculty, and staff created an open and educational space for addressing racism, holding Guilford itself and the larger Greensboro community accountable to active anti-racism work,” she says. “I felt so welcomed in this space and encouraged to continue my work.”
Once she arrived on campus, Jacquelyn’s curiosity about the effects of policy on communities and communities’ effect on policy led her to major in Political Science and minor in Community and Justice Studies. “These two disciplines offered the perfect space for me to explore the importance of policy while understanding the ways communities are built to gain power and create the changes they want to see,” she says.
Guilford also helped Jacquelyn grow as a person inside and outside of the classroom. Professors including Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales, Visiting Assistant Professor of Justice and Policy Studies Christian Matheis, and Engaged Teaching Specialist and Program Coordinator Sonalini Sapra, as well as courses like “Understanding Oppressive Systems,” “Community Building and Organizing,” and “Race, Ethnicity, and Politics,” all greatly influenced Jacquelyn’s education.
“I am so grateful they shared their knowledge and energy with me,” she says. “Their courses taught me a lot about institutional oppression and the ways policy has the potential to further this harm or aid in retracting it.”