Jessica Gjerde is a doctoral student studying Higher Education. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and Spirit Lake, Iowa. She received a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Music and an M.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Leadership in Student Affairs. Her research interests are multiracial identity development for a growing biracial/multiracial population and its implications for higher education. Jessica enjoys traveling, dog-sitting, and playing board games when she’s not binge-watching Netflix.