This Friday, we are celebrating the work of Yasmine Perry ’17. Yasmine, who is originally from Orange, New Jersey, is a senior at Gettysburg College and is majoring in English and minoring in Math. Currently, she is involved with the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (SEI), which is a year-long program at Gettysburg College that aims to enable students to impact positive change in their communities, countries, and around the world through social entrepreneurship. Yasmine is also a program coordinator with the Center for Public Service (CPS), working specifically with the LIU Migrant Education program. This Spring Break, she will also be leading an immersion trip to León, Nicaragua, which will focus on education, literacy, and community development.

Yasmine joined BSU in her freshman year, and it was with this organization that she was able to find a community of like-minded people on campus. She found similar qualities in CPS, which she started to get involved with in her sophomore year before taking on a position as Program Coordinator in her junior year. Yasmine also pursued involvement with CPS because she knew that it would afford her the opportunity to continually support social justice initiatives while honing her leadership skills. She found role models in former CPS program coordinators Erin O’Connor ‘15 and Sarah Scott ‘16, who also worked with LIU Migrant Education and inspired her to pursue her passion for social justice and education. In her work with the LIU Migrant Education program, Yasmine has learned how to be an effective leader, forge supportive relationships with students, and been pushed out of her own comfort zone.  

It was during an immersion trip to Morocco that Yasmine realized that she could take her passion for social justice and turn it into a career. She had always known that she loved helping people, but the trip opened her eyes to the real possibility that she could turn social justice into her life’s work. Yasmine wants her career to be focused on education, and she looks forward to investigating the many ways that she can work to promote it. In her time here at Gettysburg, Yasmine has built a community of supportive, like-minded individuals and learned more about herself through the process.

Thank you, Yasmine, for all of your wonderful work!