Judi Jewett ’95, MA, CCC-SLP, has devoted her life to finding ways to reach individuals who might not have access to the services they need. “Communication is a basic need and if you can help someone with their communication you are giving them a gift,” said Jewett.
Jewett is actively involved with Solano Pride and Our Family Coalition to provide transgender voice modification to those who would not otherwise have access to these services. “Having a voice that does not match one’s gender presentation increases the discrimination encountered when seeking employment and other services,” she explained.
Earlier this year, she worked with several individuals at a transgender march. “The people were so happy to get help, and one woman burst into tears when she learned I would help her with her voice.”
In 1997, Jewett founded and directed the Bosnia Speech and Hearing Project after experiencing the need for services in that country first hand. She also established and oversaw the Family Literacy Project at a transitional housing facility. She regularly provides books to schools through First Five Grants and to military families at Travis Air Force Base.
“I have known past Alumni of the Year recipients and know them to be awe-inspiring. I am honored and humbled to be in their company. It is so meaningful to be recognized by my colleagues and friends in my Pacific family.”
Jewett has been a regular speaker at the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association’s Welcome Back Dinner. At this this annual event, alumni and practitioners participate as guest speakers for round-table discussions with current undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology students.
“I try to present something practical each year that the students can use in clinic right away, as many of them will be seeing clients for the first time within the week,” she said. In 2016, Jewett obtained a grant that allowed her to take almost 700 children’s books to the dinner, which she distributed to the Pacific students.
As president of Jewett and Associates, Inc., Jewett has welcomed seven interns from Pacific and mentored two graduate students. The University has left a lasting impression on her. “It is a warm and accepting place,” she shares. “I graduated over 20 years ago and have always felt connected to Pacific.”
By Becky Perry '01, '09