WRC Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award Recipient 2021
Jessica Revington is an accomplished student leader and community champion. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) from the University of Calgary and is completing her second degree in Biological Sciences.
Jessica has been a passionate advocate for students throughout her time at UCalgary, serving as Year One Nursing Council Co-Chair, Students’ Union (SU) Faculty of Nursing Representative, SU Vice President Academic and SU President. As Vice President, she expanded awareness of student research opportunities on campus, passed the SU’s advocacy strategy on open educational resources (OERs), and raised a record $31,000 for undergraduate research awards and scholarships. As President, she advocated tirelessly for students on many issues such as tuition increases, food insecurity, and access to technology and academic support. For her ongoing service, Jessica was recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Alyson Woloshyn Legacy of Leadership Award.
Beyond her advocacy, Jessica has volunteered for years at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, collecting patient data to improve quality of care and advance current practices around pediatric pain management. She also is deeply passionate about menstrual equity and eliminating period poverty; Jessica is the founder of a start-up social enterprise focused on reducing stigmas related to menstruation through education and increasing public access to free menstrual products. When Jessica graduates in December, she intends to pursue her passion for research and advocacy in the area of women’s reproductive health.
Finally, being a biracial woman is a deep source of pride for Jessica. She credits her mother, a Cambodian refugee and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, as her main influence – her mother’s character, drive and resilience inspire her daily.