Oct 09 2013
Jessica Edwards received an academic year FLAS fellowship from CLAS for 2013–14 to study Portuguese. Since 2013, Jessica has been pursuing a master’s in international education policy and management at Peabody College with a focus on Latin America. Her specific interests include development and economics as well as race and gender disparities in education. Jessica studied abroad in Havana, Cuba, which prompted her to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. As an education and literacy specialist, Jessica worked alongside the Ministry of Education, local foundations, and community members to create and manage a literacy program for youth and adults. In her tenure at Vanderbilt, Jessica has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the HOD International Leadership and Development track at Peabody and worked as the evaluation intern for CLAS. This past summer, Jessica served as the on-site coordinator for the Office of Active Citizenship and Service’s Maymester service program to Ecuador (see Graduate Student News). She then traveled to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, under a summer FLAS fellowship from CLAS to study Portuguese and conduct research on the dynamics of poverty and race.