Continued: Woman of the Year
Passionate about service, Steele volunteers through the Waverly Center After School Program and is involved with Perinatal Awareness for Successful Outcomes (PASOs), a local outreach program for Latina women, and the university’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institution, a non-partisan policy think tank. She plans to pursue a career in non-profit public-health work in the area of maternal and child health. While at Carolina, Steele also played on the USC Club Tennis team.
“Since her arrival at Carolina, Jessica has maintained a clear focus on improving the lives of women through her research and service,” said Kim McMahon, director of campus life and the Russell House University Union. "She is a true Carolinian and, in a word, outstanding in every way.”
Steele, who said she couldn’t have had a better undergraduate experience at Carolina, offers the following advice to female students entering as freshmen this fall: “There is such a wealth of resources here at Carolina for you. As long as you are willing to go out and find them, they are there for you. There are scholarships, research grants and so many neat organizations. If you want to make a difference, you can. It’s a really neat place to be.”
The Outstanding Woman of the Year Award is sponsored by Women Student Services and the Department of Student Life.