Jacqueline “Jac” Lanza Desio
is a second-year student in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She is a proud Californian, with a love for her community in Oakland. Jac is currently studying Political Science with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in order to further dive into her passion for social justice. After completing her first year in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, Jac is now the teaching assistant for the Public Health and Policy Issue Group. Growing up in the Bay Area exposed Jac to an environment that strives to provide an inclusive space for all. She works to emulate this into her daily life through all her community outreach activities. Jac finds joy in reaching out to impact change in her local community, through helping with the gun violence prevention movement, as well as working to provide summer childcare for children from lower-income families. Over the last four years, she has been consistently involved in organizations like Students Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Additionally, for the past two years, she has remained a camp counselor at an organization, called Take the Reins Scholarship, that connects children from low-income families to horses to help instill leadership skills. As a second-year in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, Jac is conducting research about the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on women in domestic violence situations. She looks forward to her next chapter of community outreach in her new home in Washington DC at American University.