Jessica Pires-Jancose graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with degrees in Human Rights and Health and Society, and minors in Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her senior year, Jessica combined her passions for feminism, health, and human rights by hosting a Menstruation Celebration where she successfully raised over 5,000 menstrual hygiene product donations for a homeless shelter in Dallas. During her junior year, Jessica served as the president of the Feminist Equality Network (FEM) before leaving for Peru to conduct international research on women’s empowerment movements through her study abroad program. She is currently serving as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow with the SMU Human Rights Program where she works to empower student activists to effect change and become leaders in their communities, both on campus and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her future interests include the Peace Corps and medical school as she works to improve access to reproductive health care.
Updated May 2019