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Jessica Labbe, 2017 Featured Graduate

Jess Labbe

Through her work in the Safe Zone Project, Jessica Labbe has worked to educate and identify members of the USM community who are safe and supportive contacts for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty.

Degree/s: Master of Social Work

Place of birth: Portland, ME

Hometown: Saco, ME

What led you to pursue your education at USM? I pursued my education at USM because it was the most affordable way to get my MSW. I'm a Mainer, but I was out of state for five years for my undergraduate education and my first job. I wanted to stay close to home. It's cool because I've interned with folks from larger social work schools from Massachusetts. I also appreciated that my program at USM offered flexibility in terms of its completion time. When I started the program, I entered the four-year, part-time cohort. It made sense then as I worked full-time. However, decided to speed up the program and switched to the three-year cohort, not an option at some other schools. I made it work!

Have you had an experience at USM that you feel changed your life or your view of the world? I've been lucky to meet many great people, especially through my graduate assistantship at the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity. I've met people from all over the world, and people with a variety of different beliefs.

What are your future plans? I'm going to Armenia this summer for a few months. After that, I'm looking at higher education jobs in the Boston area.

Is there anyone you'd like to thank? I'd like to thank Sarah Holmes for being such an excellent role model / great supervisor over the past few years. I'd also like to thank people in the social work department (both my peers and professors) for helping me through the past three years! Finally, I'd also like to thank my friends and especially my family for helping me through the past three years. I appreciate all that you've done for me!

To see all of our 2017 Featured Graduate profiles, click here.