UW Graduate School

Jaime Fajardo

Jaime-FajardoLatino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellow

Grad major: Social Work

Hometown: Grandview, WA

Undergrad institution: University of Washington

Undergrad major: Society, Ethics & Human Behavior

Why did you decide to attend graduate school?

I wanted to gain additional macro policy and research skills. I currently work as a juvenile counselor for the state and wanted to gain the analytical skills to understand the federal and state funding process. I tend to have incarcerated Latinos on my case load and have become passionate about creating additional state and community resources as they re-enter their respected communities.

What are your career plans post-graduate school?

When completing my master’s next year, I plan to work in the city or county, providing additional funding for underserved populations. My alternative plan is to continue to work in the state juvenile administration, but in a different capacity. Further, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in the upcoming years.

What advice would you give undergraduates thinking about graduate school?

Connect with people that will support you in furthering your education. Reach out to your professors because they are invested in your growth process.