What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration.
During her senior year, Ashlee Jeannot founded S.T.A.R.T. (Students Taking an Active Role Together), an organization that engages incoming Emmanuel students in important social issues through dialogue and events. For Ashlee, the launch of S.T.A.R.T. marked the confluence of her coursework in political science and communication & media studies, her internships at WCVB-TV and the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, and leadership positions in the Black Student Union and the President's Commission on Diversity & Inclusion. After graduation, she saw the value of the program beyond college campuses and established letsSTARTtogether, which guides corporate and nonprofit organizations, as well as educational institutions in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Ashlee is also completing her graduate degree in diversity and inclusion leadership at Tufts University.
"I will always credit my Emmanuel exeperience for inspiring me to learn more about identity and and developing my interest in social justice."