Hello MSSC family! We are super excited to welcome our newest board member, Arekia Bennett. Arekia has been part of the MSSC family for years, first as a president of her university’s GSA group Spectrum and then as a member
Arekia will be joining our team of organizers and staffers that run the programs and day-to-day activities for MSSC. Here’s a little bit more about Arekia:
Arekia Bennett is a 24 year old activist/strategist/organizer who smashes the stereotype of the traditional beauty pageant queen. The former Miss Black Mississippi USA, 2016 is a Fall 2015 graduate of Jackson State University that now holds a B.S. Degree in Physics. Arekia has hopes of beginning a dual degree program in the Fall of 2017 that allows her to pursue both an MPP and JD simultaneously. During her undergraduate career, she served as President of both Spectrum (campus’ GSA) and the Student Health Advisory Council. During Bennett’s matriculation at Jackson State University, she founded GIRL (Gathering Information Related to Ladies). Her vision for this organization was to create a space for advocacy, to counter problematic university policy (and change it), and for African American women to learn about African American Women’s History as well as use GIRL as a support group to unpack and help heal one another through storytelling.
In April 2016, she started working intimately with MSSC as part of the Youth Organizers Program and is thrilled to have since, joined the the MSSC board!
We’re excited to expand our board, if you’d like to apply to join the Queer Youth Advisory Board of the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition please fill out the app found at: https://form.jotform.com/61827303992158