Major(s): Political Science and African American Studies
Minor(s): Public Policy
OSU Involvement: National Pan-Hellenic Council: Vice President; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated: Secretary; African American Homecoming Queen; Miss Ohio Black and Gold; First Year Experience Peer Leader
Favorite Quote: “When it is time for you to leave, whether it be your school, your house, your job, or even this Earth, make sure you work hard enough for it to have mattered that you were even here.” ~ Wes Moore, White House Fellow and Author of The Other Wes Moore
Jakini is very passionate about dismantling the educational and legal disparities that plague her St. Louis Community, as well as seeking to change the policies that foster mass incarceration in black communities. She volunteered at the Circleville Juvenile Detention Center through Buckeye REACH and goes home to volunteer at the Saint Louis Juvenile Detention Center. Following her undergraduate studies, Jakini would like to pursue a Master’s and Ph.D. in Political Science. She hopes to go into public policy and advocacy on behalf of black men and women who have been dealt with unjustly in legal spaces, and perhaps run for office. By integrating her Ohio State experiences to her professional life, she hopes to bring about social change by fostering critical dialogue.