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Jesse Smith-Appelson


Jesse is from Florida and graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with degrees in sociology and environmental science. For the past two years, she has been teaching Model United Nations and a human rights curriculum at a secondary school in Madrid, Spain through the Fulbright English Teaching Grant and the Spanish Ministry of Education. As an undergraduate, Jesse focused her studies and community engagement on migrant farmworker rights, specifically through her internship with Student Action with Farmworkers, outreach work with South Carolina Migrant Education, and her research on migrant farmworker health inequalities in the Southeast. In addition, Jesse’s interest in land rights and environmental justice stems from her summer internships in Paraguay and Nicaragua. She plans to focus her future work and studies on environmental justice and health inequalities. Jesse is most happy spending time outdoors or playing music, whether it’s college marching band, orchestra, or learning Brazilian percussion.

Updated May 2018