Campaign Gifts Have Impact: Cierra Kaler-Jones ’15 Shares Her Story

Support received through the Campaign for Douglass: Innovative Education, Women’s Leadership, is enhancing key programs like support for Leadership opportunities such as the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), Externships, opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and scholarship support.

Read how programs in leadership are shaping one student’s College journey. Cierra Kaler-Jones ’15, a Social Work major, with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, Criminology, and Critical and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

Cierra Shares Her Story: In just my first year, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a week to take advantage of the Public Leadership Education Network seminar on Women and Congress, made possible by generous alumnae. I served as a Barbara Voorhees mentor my sophomore year, in which I was able to assistant teach the first-year course for Douglass women. This is where I realized my calling in working with students and shaping pedagogy and curriculum for the changing academic needs of students. Living in the Human Rights House also expanded my knowledge and passion.

I was named the Head Chairwoman of the Douglass Orientation Committee, and have led the planning of Fall Orientation and Convocation to welcome first-year students to their new home. Through this position, I’ve also honed my leadership skills to oversee a group of student leaders in year-long leadership training and development. Most recently, I founded a chapter of the national non-profit organization She’s the First, which sponsors education for girls in developing nations. These experiences inspire me to do more and to be more.

The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) held the public launch of the Campaign for Douglass at a special kick-off reception in New York City in October 2010. It is the most ambitious capital campaign undertaken thus far and benefits Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. Thank you to all who have supported the Campaign and are helping us exceed our $35 million goal. All alumnae are invited to join in this historic initiative! Learn more at


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