Jacqueline Britto is currently serving as the Leadership Development Coordinator for the Office of Student Life at the Community College of Rhode Island. In this role, Jacqueline develops curriculum and supports student leadership opportunities.
Host Site: Office of Student Life, Community College of Rhode Island
Where did you go to school? University of Rhode Island
What are your personal and professional interests? I have a strong interest and love for seeing people develop and overcome the challenges they face. I have always had a desire to equality, justice and fair treatment of all.
If you could have superpower, what would it be? I would like to be able to spread love, understanding, and empathy throughout the world. Thereby promoting the ability for all humankind to treat each other with the love and respect that is needed.
Story of Service: My story of service is a continuation of my lifelong commitment to volunteerism. Throughout my life, I have volunteered for various organizations and performed advocacy for communities in need throughout Rhode Island. As a lifelong learner, I realize that education is key in promoting economic development in order to eradicate poverty. As a communication major, I also realized that leadership is another key element to help promote educational development. My love for people and passion for justice and equality led me to CCRI where I work as the Leadership Development Coordinator.
Over the past two years, I have developed a curriculum to teach students the skills they need as student leaders, and have put together a number of activities and opportunities so that student leaders can practice and develop said skills. We have recently launched a pilot program in order to implement the curriculum and to begin service learning projects with a group of potential student leaders.
The program is designed to use key leadership philosophies identified by George Kuh and Dr. Adam Peck. It will provide three essential outcomes for the student participants: to succeed academically, achieve an out-of-class experience that is complementary to classroom experience, and to help the student develop soft skills that make him/her better prepared for a career after graduation. We will partner with professors whose classes have one or more learning outcomes that are similar to the leadership development program, conduct workshops, and provide service learning opportunities for students to work with local nonprofit organizations.
To learn more about Jacqueline’s work, visit the Office of Student Life at CCRI or contact Jacqueline directly.