Stephens senior receives 'M.A.D.: Making A Difference' Award from Black Women Rock!
Stephens senior Brianna Jackson received the “M.A.D.: Making A Difference” Award at a Black Women Rock! event earlier this month at the University of Missouri. The evening was a celebration of the contributions of African-American women in the Columbia area.
“I am forever grateful for all the experiences that have come my way, both good and bad, because I know they have molded me into who I am today,” Jackson said. “I couldn't be more proud of this award!”
The Black Women Rock! local program began five years ago and is modeled after the B.E.T. network’s Black Girls Rock! show that aired in 2010.
The M.A.D. award description states: “Passion belts from within this woman. She is an educator gone M.A.D. She is a woman that shows no fear in being a leader. She is a beautiful Black Woman Making A Difference in her community in order to inspire others to be M.A.D.!”
Jackson personifies that description through her passionate involvement on campus. She serves as the president of the Student Government Association, having been re-elected after serving as president her junior year. She has led diversity efforts on campus, including launching a “Breaking Barriers” series to allow students to have open dialogues about timely topics. She also led a “Hate Has No Home Here” campaign last semester that was well received by the Columbia community.
A Marketing: Public Relations and Advertising major, Jackson is also a member of Creative Ink, the student-run marketing firm on campus, and has worked on 10 projects. Outside of Stephens, she competed in Columbia’s Start Up Weekend two years, one of which she was part of a winning team.
Jackson joins more than 70 women who have been recognized by the Black Women Rock! initiative. Past recipients include Lyah Beth LeFlore ’91, a The New York Times best-selling author and a former member of the Stephens College Board of Trustees.