Jesenia has been working in Education since 2007, when she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College. Immediately after graduating, Jesenia worked for Bottom Line, a non-profit in Boston, serving low-income, first-generation, and/or underrepresented students and helping them apply to and graduate from college. Working at Bottom Line motivated Jesenia to earn her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont (UVM). As a graduate student at UVM, Jesenia worked as an Assistant Residence Director in a living/learning community. She also completed practica in UVM’s Career Services, Multicultural Center, and Financial Aid offices.
Upon earning her M.Ed. in 2012, Jesenia worked for KIPP College Prep as a Career and Summer Programs counselor for high school students in NYC. At KIPP, she connected students to summer programs as a way to explore their interests and determine what college majors and/or careers to pursue in the future. After four years working as a counselor and then manager, Jesenia moved to China to teach English to kids and teens for English First in Shenzhen. She lived there for 6 months prior to moving to Tampa in 2017. In February of 2017, Jesenia joined The University of Tampa as an Academic Program Specialist. In this role, she works primarily with students in the Success Scholars Program, a support program for first-generation and/or underrepresented students. Jesenia helps coordinate the training for SPEAR (Spartan Peers Educating About Resources) Mentors who support Success Scholars by hosting events, reaching out directly to Scholars, and providing resources as needed. Jesenia also works with all of the Success Scholars who are awarded work-study to help them find jobs on campus and develop their professional identities through on campus jobs and workshops.