Like the struggle of many Hispanic-Americans that grew up in the southside of Providence, Alex Jimenez's circumstances were stacked against him. However, he didn't allow those struggles to define him or his future, but instead thinks about them as valuable lessons for his personal development.
While enrolled in the Community College of Rhode Island, Alex worked multiple jobs at the expense of his educational career to financially support his household. Eventually, he had to appeal for his financial aid awards to be reinstated. After this experience, Alex registered for a College Success Course at CCRI where he was introduced to the concept of a Growth Mindset.
This concept completely transformed Alex and he began to prioritize his education. In 2015, he graduated with high honors from CCRI, then transferred over to the University of Rhode Island (URI) and double majored in Sociology and Chinese. During his senior year at URI, he secured four competitive scholarships to study abroad in Taiwan for nine months where he achieved an advanced-mid speaking/reading/writing proficiency. Upon his return, Alex graduated summa cum laude, was inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Onyx Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, a recipient of Black Scholar Awards for achieving the highest GPA among minority students at URI. Today, Alex is pursuing his master's degree in public administration (MPA) at URI and was selected to the programs highly selective Public Policy Fellowship.
While Alex achieved academic success, his career path also began to thrive. While at CCRI, he worked in the 2014 RI gubernatorial race for then candidate, Clay Pell. During his time at URI, his interest in public services led him to secure an internship at the RI State House working with Rep. Grace Diaz, and after, an internship for Service Employee International Union 1199 supporting the #fightfor15, a national movement aimed at increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour for homecare and service-based workers. He was also a counselor for Talent Development, serving disadvantaged students, and a Enrollment Specialist, counseling students/family on their Financial Aid Package. He is currently employed at Roger William University as a School Design Specialist to support the design of a new charter school in Providence for Multilingual learners called University High School.