Jasmine Thornton recently earned her bachelor's of arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Educational Policy and Leadership at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate studies, she was the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association undergraduate chapter (PSEA) and participated on the executive board for organizations on campus such as the Black Student Union, the Pre-Law Black Student Association, and the Tau Xi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She presented at the University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum on Integrating Dispositional Development Frameworks into an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. The pilot study tested a framework that focuses on self-reflection skills and goal setting in student teachers. This forum showed the ways in which a teacher can make for a better reciprocal relationship between them and their students.
While in college, education has allowed Jasmine to open doors for herself that she never imagined possible. Jasmine is extremely passionate about education equity and transforming the system through teaching and policy advisement in hopes of overcoming the pitfalls of our current education system.
After her Fulbright year, Jasmine will be finishing her Master's in Education at Villanova University and hopes to start her career at a think tank that focuses on educational policy advising.