29 Who Shine 2019
Jennifer Santana, of Fall River, Massachusetts, has been named Bristol Community College’s 29 Who Shine recipient for 2019. Each year, the Department of Higher Education honors a student representative from each of the 29 public colleges and universities who demonstrates the talent and future contributions of those graduating from the public system.
A mother and leader, Jennifer is using and sharing her own experiences to positively impact others. Jennifer returned to Bristol Community College as a survivor of domestic violence and substance abuse determined to further her career and empower others in her community, her church and as an advocate for victims at court hearings.
She has been willing to publicize her own story to build awareness of the warning signs and effects of domestic violence. As an intern and volunteer, Jennifer has played a pivotal role in the successful launch of the college’s new Women’s Center, where she helps plan and promote events.
Jennifer will graduate this spring with an associate degree in Human Services and will transfer to Bridgewater State University, with the goal of becoming a social worker in the state of Massachusetts.
For more information about the 29 Who Shine award, including criteria, please click here.