Student of Distinction: Jasmine Ibal-Nolasco

Student of Distinction: Jasmine Ibal-Nolasco

Jasmine Ibal-Nolasco is a graduate student receiving her M.A. in Communication. She is the Dean’s Medal nominee for the Department of Communication.

“She is an example of the inventive spirit of our Central Valley, and she represents the best of Communication, the College of Arts and Humanities, Fresno State, and our region,” said Dr. Shane Moreman, professor.

Ibal-Nolasco was raised in Kerman, California. She received her B.A. in liberal studies with a concentration in social institutions and processes from Fresno State.

Ibal-Nolasco is a Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) in the communication department. She served as GTA leader and is the Communication Graduate Student Association president, building community among her peers through community-building events and attending faculty meetings to represent graduate students’ interests. She actively helps her students efficiently navigate Fresno State’s educational spaces. 

Ibal-Nolasco attended the 2021 National Communication Association (NCA) conference and is currently preparing a research manuscript for next year’s NCA conference. She will present her research for the CSU COMM-Con at CSU Long Beach. Additionally, she is studying Intralatinas/os from California’s Central San Joaquin Valley, providing insight into how Intralatinas/os do or do not change discursive power imbalances from within a broader U.S. discourse. Additionally, she reveals how Intralatinas/os publicly create their own Brown spaces to nurture their own belonging with one another. 

Ibal-Nolasco has studied abroad in Paris and Peru, receiving travel grants for each trip. She has been on the Dean’s List, the President’s List and received the EECU Educational Student Grant.

“She takes these experiences, ponders them, and turns them into motivation that is unparalleled by most. This motivation finds her applying her College of Arts and Humanities skills to empowering others and making this society a more just place,“ said Dr. Amin Makkawy

“I plan to be the first person in my family with ‘Ph.D.’ after her name. I am hopeful for the new relationships that I will make in my future, and I am grateful that it has all started within the space of Fresno State,” said Ibal-Nolasco.

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