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About the Staff

Jocelyne Cardona

LEAD Seminar Instructor

Jocelyne Cardona (she/her/ella) is a first generation college student form San Jose, CA and was also the first to receive her master's degree in her family. As a child of Salvadoran immigrants, Jocelyne is incredibly passionate about connecting folxs to the correct resources. She believes every student brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom from their lived experience and is excited to be supporting the LEAD program as a Lecturer. She currently co-leads as one of the Director's of the Family Assistance Department at Sacred Heart Community Service in the heart of San Jose. The department provides emergency rental and deposit assistance for low income Santa Clara County residents. Jocelyne received her Master's in Counseling from Santa Clara University with an LGBTQ+ Psychology emphasis and her Bachelor's of Arts in American Studies from Macalester College. Prior to joining Sacred Heart Community Service, Jocelyne has worked to advocate for educational equity and center community voice through her work as a Confidential Assistant under the Obama Administration in the U.S. Department of Education and at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, where she advocated and administered the creation of academic services for farm workers and their children as Supervisor of Identification and Recruitment for the Migrant Education Program. She is passionate about supporting clients, students, and community members holistically and ensuring we address the systemic issues that cause injustice. In her spare time she writes poetry and spends a lot of time with her puppy Cocoa Bean.