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Graduate Admission

Joanna de Pena

Joanna de Peña is receiving her M.Ed. of Community Engagement program in the School of Education and Social Policy. She is a recent graduate of Lasell College receiving her bachelor’s degree in Business management. Her experience in community engagement begins with founding her nonprofit Top Notch Scholars, a Leadership Development Organization for the youth, where she delivers motivational speaking engagements, leadership workshops and youth leadership conferences. She wants to reach one million kids and be a positive role model to youth by teaching crucial skills in order to increase self-confidence, become an effective leader and reach full potential.  El Mundo Boston Latino Magazine has awarded Joanna 30 under 30 for her dedication to youth and community. Joanna will be hosting a Regional Youth Conference for the youth alongside her classmate partner Noelia Figuereo as their capstone project. Contact Joanna at: depenajo@merrimack.edu.