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Jessica Va

Pronouns:

She/Her

Availability:

Available

Full-time

Position Type:

Los Angeles

California

United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, After-School Programs, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Diversity, Education, Exhibits development, Intern Programs, Operations, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs, Other

One of my favorite childhood movies was Meet the Robinsons, I hold the, “Keep Moving Forward” slogan in my mind whenever I am searching for opportunities to challenge myself. My informal teaching experience, project management skills, and my background in diversity, enable me to inspire people of all ages to learn more about the world through STEM education and though engaging and meaningful experiences.

In my previous role, I’ve completed several projects such as taking the lead role for COSI's youth volunteer program’s Career Ladder Workshops. The Career Ladder Workshops are part of the Job Preparedness Program within the Volunteer Department where I organized and facilitated opportunities for youth volunteers interested in their own professional development. I served as an example to COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance while serving COSI to the best of my abilities.

I am a first-generation American citizen and a first-generation college graduate. My parents were born in Cambodia, it is important for me to stay in touch with my culture and keep it alive by sharing it with others. During my time at tOSU I co-founded the Khmer Student Association (KHSA). KHSA provided me the opportunity to collaborate with members in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community and to relate to each other in a cultural and professional level. APIDA cohort is a first year and transfer student mentorship program. The program develops leadership, community, and mentorship in its members.