Jacqueline Garrity

Jacqueline Garrity, currently a sophomore studying Chinese at UC Berkeley, utilizes her ability to converse in five languages to support language development and humanitarian causes. Trained in the Rassias method, Jacqueline taught English in France and Nicaragua through the Global Initiatives Association (GIA) at Polytechnic High School. As a member of the Global Scholars cohort, Jacqueline co-led a global speakers series and presented topics such as the effects of homelessness in the outskirts of Paris and an overview of modern China in light of her studies abroad in both France and China. Jacqueline’s dedication to humanitarian causes also prompted her to co-write a grant in collaboration with the founder of iThuba, a STEM school in South Africa. The proposal resulted in a $10,997 grant for teachers’ salaries and educational supplies. Jacqueline consequently hosted a virtual workshop focusing on the grant-writing process which entails studying the goals, fiscal needs, and community impact of nonprofits. She believes this process is invaluable because it demonstrates how entities can work together to utilize resources and promote worthy causes.