MSSC believes that it’s impossible to make schools safe without giving young people a voice; for this reason, the coalition is youth led. Our governing body is the Queer Youth Advisory Board (or QYAB). QYAB is made up of diverse high school and college age youth activists from across the state.
Board President, Chief Executive Officer
Natt is currently in graduate school at Jackson State University. Natt leads the Jackson-based Teen GSA, a group for 13-19 year olds in the Greater Jackson area. Natt leads our GSA outreach program, with a primary focus on central Mississippi.
Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Chiquentia takes a lead on our adult engagement and community outreach.
Board Member, Youth Organizer Program Coordinator
Hailee is a graduate and current coordinator of our Youth Organizer Program.
Founding Board Member, Webmaster
Anna Davis was born and raised in Mississippi, and has been a youth organizer here for over ten years. Anna first became interested in student organizing while attending Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS. She eventually found an outlet in youth organizing while attending the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where she co-led the university’s Gay Straight Alliance for several years. Recognizing a need to connect to other youth leaders in the state, she and several other young leaders started the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC) in 2008. She went on to study mass media, race, and culture and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in mass communications from The University of Southern Mississippi. Anna has worked as part of the Better Together Cohort of Southern-based Racial and LGBTQ Justice organizations. She currently serves as the Lead Organizer in the Southeastern Region for GSA Network, which holds offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, and as of last year New Orleans, Louisiana. As a Southern organizer, Anna works to lift up Southern voices in national discussions about social justice work as well as working to reframe national dialogues about the South to highlight the communities of resistance which have always existed here.