Jennifer Acevedo was the recipient of the 2018 HEOP Student Spotlight of the Year. This recognition is owed to her hard work and dedication in creating meaningful change during her time at MMC. We take great pride in the students who embody HEOP’s mission of demonstrating potential for academic success and involvement in both HEOP and the MMC community. Jennifer has taken advantage of her opportunity by always reaching above and beyond and openly taking on new challenges. We feel that Jennifer is a direct representation of our HEOP mission.
Jennifer majored in Business and minored in Psychology. She is passionate about actively reforming injustices of gender, race and social inequality. Her discipline and highly goal-oriented character has also earned her a place on the Dean’s List for four consecutive years (2015-2018).
In previous years, Jennifer was a Constituent Services Intern at the Office of Manhattan, where she responded to inquiries on important issues related to Pre-K enrollment, domestic violence, child abuse and eviction. In the summer of her sophomore year, Jennifer served as a program intern for Echoing Green, a Fellowship program supporting emerging social entrepreneurs and activists who engage in society’s most difficult problems. In that position, she used her skills in research and team collaboration by providing accurate data analyses, facilitating webinar discussions, and helping the organization develop an effective communication plan.
Among a large pool of highly qualified individuals, Jennifer was also selected for the renowned Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship during her sophomore year (2017). In the summer before her senior year, Jennifer traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to intern for VinaCapital where she was responsible for conducting extensive research on the microeconomic impact of congenial heart surgery of children and families at large. During her time in Vietnam, she trained seven interns and volunteers on research methodology and found that sensitivity in an entirely different culture is vital to collecting accurate and ethical information. She hopes to continue immersing herself in experiences that further unlock her purpose. Jennifer is destined for greatness—she knows it and we know it too!