people you should know: jessica ortiz!

Written by program assistant Cat Guzman 10F

Jessica OrtizIf you’re in your first or second semester at Hampshire College, Jessica Ortiz is someone you definitely want to get to know. In fact, there’s a very good chance you’ve probably already met her!

As the new student services coordinator, it’s her job to welcome and help you all adjust and manage your first year at Hampshire. From organizing spring orientation, to planning academic and social programming, to helping you connect with resources (and everything in between), Jessica’s here to help you.

Jessica is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. She’s been at Hampshire College for two and a half years, working in the Admissions office before taking on a newly created role in the office of new student programs. This is her second year as new student services coordinator, and her position entails a number of responsibilities. Here are just a few:

  • Promoting, organizing and facilitating academic workshops you’ve either heard about or attended such as Meet the Experts, CEL-What?, Time Management, and other fun ones like Make Your Own Trail Mix and Cake Wednesday. (You’ve probably seen her tabling during some lunches in the Dining Commons, and she also creates those neon flyers you see posted on walls, windows and in the bathrooms of your dorms!)
  • Providing all kinds of outreach to keep you informed and connected during your first year, including social media, the monthly New Student News newsletter, and regular emails to all of you. This includes fun things too, like NEWTOHAMP BOT, weekly care package giveaways, conversation cards, and lots (and lots) of free buttons!

Jessica maintains this blog and other New Student Programs social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, and she also happens to be my supervisor, overseeing all the work I do as the program assistant for New Student Programs. I can be the first to tell you that she’s more than happy to answer any questions or address concerns you might have as newcomer to Hampshire.

Want to contact her? You can find Jessica in the Dean of Students Office, located above the Merrill Living Room. She’d love to chat and provide you with all kinds of newtohamp swag — think stickers, buttons, temporary tattoos, etc! You can also visit her at one of New Student Programs’ upcoming workshops (she’ll feed you, too!).

And of course, you can contact her at or