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Jessica Chiriboga

Dartmouth College

Government & History

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Jessica grew up in the small suburb of Glendora, California as a quadruplet, with three brothers. Throughout her younger years, Jessica was raised in the Christian faith and regularly attended church with her family. Jessica realized she was a lesbian in middle school, and immediately felt ashamed of her identity. Her faith and sexual orientation seemed irreconcilable. After several years of grappling with her identity, her involvement within her school’s GSA helped her move from a place of shame to pride. Undeterred by the bigotry of some classmates and church members, Jessica made it her life’s goal to help others live their own truth. From 2018 to 2020, Jessica served as a two-year member of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s National Student Council, where she worked with the national non-profit to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying of LGBTQ+ students in K-12 schools. Jessica is now attending Dartmouth College where she majors in history and government and leads Within, her college's LGBTQ+ student organization. She serves as Vice President of Dartmouth Student Government, Vice President of the Dartmouth Political Union, Co-Chair of a Dartmouth-JED Campus Mental Health work group, LGBTQIA+ Student Coordinator, and as a leader for the Dartmouth Outing Club. She is also a Stamps Scholar researching the environmental history of the San Gabriel Mountains and queer history in East Los Angeles. After Dartmouth, Jessica hopes to one day hike the Pacific Crest Trail, attend law school, and become an appellate judge.

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