Queens Village, New York
College:College of Community Innovation and Education
Degree Program:Nonprofit Management MNM, Public Administration MPA Dual Degree Track
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Public Administration at UCF in 2019, Juvens Jean-Noel felt like UCF was the only choice for his graduate education. “I made so many valuable connections with the faculty, staff, and students at UCF that I could not conceive attending another institution,” he says. Currently, Noel is working on dual Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at the university, where he hopes to serve his community and make an impact on those around him.
As a first-generation student, helping other students navigate the challenges of college is very important. Especially to Jean-Noel, who serves as the inaugural Inspire Scholars Program Coordinator to help first-generation students get access to and succeed in the Burnett Honors College. He describes how his older brother has a master's degree and was very influential in helping him navigate college and young adulthood in general, and he wishes to do the same for other students as well.
Jean-Noel’s involvement and dedication to the success of UCF and its students is seen through various groups. Through his participation in the President’s Leadership Council, he helps the Office of the President by serving as a student advisor to President Cartwright and as a representative at external events. He is also a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Council. He dedicates his time ensuring that there are opportunities for graduate students to be engaged in the university community. As a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Board, he also works to help ensure that the School of Public Administration is best gearing students for success. “I am not involved in one sphere of influence at UCF, but rather I try to use my skills and talents to be of maximum benefit on a variety of fronts,” he says. His devotion and service to the university resulted in his induction to the 2022 Order of Pegasus, one of the most prestigious awards students can attain at UCF.
Jean-Noel attributes his success at the university to the professors and advisors who helped guide him along the way. He describes how Burnett Honors College Dean Sheila Gutiérrez de Piñeres is always willing to lend a helping hand and go the extra mile to help employees and students under her charge. He also describes how Ms. Mirtha Bailey took him under her wing when he first arrived at UCF. “If everyone had a mentor like her, failure would be extinct,” he says. Dr. Gregg Buckingham was another significant influence throughout his studies and was the first and last hand he shook over the course of his undergraduate journey. “I had many mentors that helped guide me through the terrifying experience of college and I wish to be a mentor for others,” he says.
As for the future, Jean-Noel credits UCF to have opened his eyes to the prospect of working in higher education. His experiences at the university have helped him realize that he may want to pursue a career in academia. Thanks to the opportunities, he knows a lot about how a university works. Noel plans to graduate in December 2022.
- 2022 Order of Pegasus inductee
- Inaugural Inspire Scholars Program Coordinator
- Graduate Student Advisory Council member
- President's Leadership Council
- Nonprofit Advisory Board member
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