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SGA President

SGA President

Jordan Jefferson

Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Classification: Senior
Major: Political Science
Plans to be: Attorney, Mississippi Politician, Mayor of Jackson
Favorite athlete: LeBron James
Dream vacation spot: Egypt
Favorite color: Blue

Why did you want to be SGA President?

I wanted to make a difference at my school and a change in my community. I felt the SGA President position was the best way to be the change I wanted to see. It is also a great way to advocate for students and it’s also a great stepping-stone for my career path.

What is your proudest moment as SGA President?

When I walked the student body to the polls to vote, because at one time African Americans did not have the ability to vote. It felt good to participate in a process that was denied to our ancestors. A lot of them fought and died for something some of us take for granted today.

Also, escorting the student body during the candlelight vigil for (Phillip Lafayette) Gibbs and (James Earl) Green. It was a beautiful moment in light of the tragedy that happened. That was a difficult time in our history.

Why did you want to be SGA President?

I wanted to make a difference at my school and a change in my community. I felt the SGA President position was the best way to be the change I wanted to see. It is also a great way to advocate for students and it’s also a great stepping-stone for my career path.

What is your proudest moment as SGA President?

When I walked the student body to the polls to vote, because at one time African Americans did not have the ability to vote. It felt good to participate in a process that was denied to our ancestors. A lot of them fought and died for something some of us take for granted today.

Also, escorting the student body during the candlelight vigil for (Phillip Lafayette) Gibbs and (James Earl) Green. It was a beautiful moment in light of the tragedy that happened. That was a difficult time in our history.

What was an obstacle you encountered as SGA President?

Trying to balance my duties as president with being a student athlete could be hard at times. Also, dealing with different personalities, learning how to manage people and ensuring that I was doing the best for the student body.

What do you want people to remember about your leadership?

That I was an inclusive leader. I made sure to get everyone involved in whatever objective I was trying to achieve. I hope they see my leadership as more than one dimensional.

Why is it important for us to commemorate the lives of Phillip Gibbs and James Green?

These students lost their lives due to hate. They didn’t get the opportunity to finish high school or college, but we do. Their lives remind us that tomorrow is not promised. As Jacksonians and African Americans, we need to capitalize off every moment to fulfill our dreams, goals and purpose in life.

What advice would you give the next SGA President?

Come with a pure heart wanting to make change where necessary. Clout is not what leadership should be about. Take full advantage of your role. Be more than a SGA President. If done right, it can create opportunities that you did not imagine.

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