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Trustee

Claudia Jiménez

Student Representative

"Meadville Lombard’s low-residency, contextual approach challenges me to continuously put what I learn into practice during the yearly internships embedded in the program."

Claudia Jiménez was named student representative to Meadville's Board of Trustees in January 2017. She is a full-time, third year student serving as intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast in Stuart, FL.

Claudia has been the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, FL since 2001. She ran for office and was elected to serve her local school board from 2008-2016. Claudia has a B.A. in Biology and Spanish Literature from Cornell University, and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University (Canada). She taught K-12 for 10 years in Colombia, Brazil, Canada and Florida.  She has an extensive record of community involvement and is a mentor with the local non-profit Youth Guidance.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, she currently resides in Vero Beach with her husband Stephen Lapointe. They have two daughters.

What is your message to a prospective student?

“Seminary formation can be both grueling and joyous. My experience at MLTS has engaged my body, soul and intellect to prepare me with the knowledge, skills and self-awareness foundational for ministry in a world needing leadership and a prophetic voice. Meadville Lombard’s low-residency, contextual approach challenges me to continuously put what I learn into practice during the yearly internships embedded in the program. Although I am in my final year, I know I will be a welcome part of the MLTS family even after graduation.”