The Brightest of CAS: Alumni


Jocelynn Jordan-Kerzner (2018)Diana Mabel RuggieroIn an email sent to Dean Abby Parrill-Baker on Jan 31, JOCELYNN JORDAN-KERZNER (2018) wrote:

“I wanted to take the time to reach out and acknowledge PROFESSOR DIANA RUGGIERO (photo to right). For starters, I am JOCELYNN JORDAN-KERZNER (photo to left) and a graduate of the University of Memphis Class of 2018. I graduated with my BA in Political Science and World Languages. During my time at Memphis and my upper-level Spanish courses, Professor Ruggiero, or 'Profe' as we call her, was so vital and crucial to my academic success. I have never had any professor mentor, guide, or believe in me as a student and as a person as she did. 

I am now graduating from DePaul University College of Law with my Juris Doctor and Business Law Certificate. I am presently employed, and will remain with, a firm of fifteen women excluding myself. I am proud to be the only Spanish speaking member of the firm, and I could not have made it this far without Professor Ruggiero's support. Her background, her story, and her legacy as a Woman, a person of color, and as a person of adversity has equipped her to educate the future generations in ways I could never begin to believe nor appreciate on my first day of Spanish in 2016. I have gone on to study Business Transactions in Latin America with DePaul's Argentina Study Abroad Program; and I will be traveling to Havana, Cuba, come March to study international trade and business transactions. I am able to do so, because I gained confidence in my Business Spanish class to embark and travel to foreign countries in efforts to further my legal education and my understanding of communities abroad that shape our lives as we know it.

Attached please find an article [link to article] published by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois in which I reflect on those who have shaped me, specifically my Business Spanish Professor - the famous Profe.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your continued support of her position with the University, as I believe my Alma Mater is better because she is a part of it.

Very Truly Yours,
Jocelynn Jordan-Kerzner
DePaul University College of Law, Juris Doctor Candidate”


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