School: Holyoke Community College
Hometown: Feeding Hills (Agawam)
Degree: Associate degree, Liberal arts and science
Holyoke Community College’s Nicole Ouimette is a talented community organizer who founded HCC’s SAAVE club (Students for Affordable, Accessible and Valuable Education). She organized two campus speak-outs on student loan debt.
As President of the executive board of PHENOM (the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts) Nicole helped organize the March 5th Student Advocacy Day, which drew hundreds of students to the State House to lobby for affordable, high quality public higher education. Nicole was a featured speaker during the morning rally with Governor Deval Patrick.
Nicole’s anthropological research on student engagement was selected for publication in Student Anthropologist, an online, peer-reviewed journal. A peer mentor and guest lecturer in her former classes, this liberal arts major will attend Westfield State University to pursue gender and ethnic studies.