Class Standing: Senior
Major: International Business, Information Systems
Minor: Political Science
Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Jessica Mendez/Jess is serving as one of four LUCES scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a rising senior in the Quinlan School of Business, Jessica is striving to achieve a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business and information systems with a minor in political science. Jessica is currently interning with the General Services Administration in downtown Chicago and aiding them in managing federal contracts. In the fall, Jessica will start interning with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Jessica has shortly lived in Korea and Florida but calls Moline, Illinois her hometown. Attending Loyola was one of Jessica's first experiences of intentionally talking about inequality and opened up her eyes to many injustices. Attending LUCES events was the first time during which Jessica felt that all of her identities were seen and appreciated. In time that feeling evolved into a sense of community with LUCES and SDMA overall. Coupled with the ACE program's support and guidance, LUCES' three pillars of scholarship, leadership, and sistership has inspired Jessica to propel herself towards her goals. Jessica's career aspirations lie in international assistance of vulnerable populations (perhaps through the U.S. State Department). Jessica's passion lies in uplifting women of color from all walks of life in the public and private sectors like business and government. In her free time, Jessica plays Ultimate Frisbee for Loyola and various Chicago teams, loves running along the lake, attends alderman events, and studies in the Cudahy and Lewis libraries.