We had an awesome assembly this morning. First of all, our brand new Student Council did an amazing job running the assembly. It was as though they’ve been doing it forever! They presented the new Friends of the Library, and our last Students of the Month for this school year. We were especially honored to welcome Ms. Isabelle Wijangco, SSJ Class of 2004, and this year’s recipient of the SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School’s Alumni Visionary Award. Isabelle is a remarkable young woman, and it was wonderful to have her speak with the students and share her experience and her wisdom.
Here’s a little glimpse of what she has already accomplished in her young life: Isabelle Wijangco’s work focuses on global health policy and women’s empowerment. After graduating from SSJ, Isabelle attended Xavier College Preparatory and Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in Human Biology. While at Stanford, she served as Class President for two years, researched political determinants of health foreign aid at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute, and worked on global health operations at the Office of the Surgeon General. After graduating from Stanford, she served as a Stanford Ford Fellow in Philanthropy at the United Nations Foundation in New York. There, she worked with the UN Every Women Every Child movement focused on strengthening global action around women’s and children’s health and worked on global health engagement in the formation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Isabelle then researched biomedical ethics at the Stanford School of Medicine and currently researches women’s health at the University of California, San Francisco. She will be starting at Harvard Medical School in the Fall, as she plans to combine a career in global women’s health policy and medical practice.
After assembly, Isabelle visited with our sixth grade students , and shared with them some of her experiences using the knowledge she has fostered since her days here at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School. What a beautiful inspiration she is to all of us here at SSJ. Thank you so much for visiting, Isabelle – and we know that God will be with you as you continue your journey. ♥