Global Gold Leaf – Jocelyn Ortiz

Month of March 2017

The Center for Global Engagement is proud to recognize Ms. Jocelyn Ortiz as the Global Gold Leaf student for the month of March 2017. Born on July 13 in Santa Clara, California and raised in the state of Indiana, Jocelyn is currently a third-year undergrad student at ISU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Apart from being the President of the Hispanic Latino Alliance, Jocelyn is also the Secretary of the International Student Leadership Council and is an active member of her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha.

In the year 2015, she had the opportunity to attend the International Student Leadership Development program with Dr. Zachariah Matthew and other fellow students, which helped her grow as an individual and create strong networks with other potential student leaders on campus.

Being involved with the International Student Leadership Council (ISLC), a student organization on campus that caters the needs of all international students has really helped her understand the different challenges an international student faces on campus. Being involved with ISLC has also given her a completely new perspective to all the different cultures and backgrounds out there in the world and she believes that being able to have a platform to share and interact with these students has helped her grow as both an individual and as a leader. Being associated with the Hispanic Latino Alliance has been nothing short of an adventure for Jocelyn that helped her find other people like herself who genuinely care about the culture and heritage of Hispanic/Latinos. She has encountered numerous domestic and other students on campus hailing from various backgrounds who have helped HLA to bring cultural awareness and eliminate stereotypes within ISU and the Terre Haute community.

On asking her why she has pursued leadership with such passion, she had this to say:

Leadership can mean different things to different people; to me personally I relate more to what John Quincy Adams once said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader" and I believe that anyone can do that, so anyone can be a leader. Every single day we are leaders because we all have dreams and we all learn, so in our own ways we have some leader in us. I love talking to different students and sharing my experiences with others because that might open a door for people to open up to me and that if, I make the first move; maybe others will do the same and follow the example. My vision in life is to help as many people I can in order for others to lend a helping hand to those in need. More so, like a domino effect. My vision for Indiana State is to leave a leadership imprint for those to follow along. This campus is full of leaders, from different backgrounds to different leadership styles. I hope that my visions will be similar to others and then we can all give a helping hand to those who need it.

Upon graduation, she plans to pursue her masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education at her home state, California. On asking her what made her reach this decision, Jocelyn responded with the following statement, “Being a minority has really given me the perspective of what I would like to do with my future career. I aim to work at a university in California and help any student on campus with their college struggle, but focusing on the first generation college students and international students.” She feels that the first generation college and international students face many challenges in areas concerning scholarships, student loans and keeping up with the expectations of the professors. Facing these struggles herself has helped her choose the path for the future and look forward to being an advocate for these students.

We wish Jocelyn all the very best for her future endeavors and hope she continues to be a strong leader and an inspiration to other students here, at Indiana State. Once again, congratulations to Jocelyn Ortiz - the Global Gold Leaf student for the month of March 2017.

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