Women of Distinction


Amber Jackson (Far Left)

Jackson, Ritter, Pavicic and Johnson


  • American Advertising Federation of Kansas City Scholarship Recipient
  • Black Student Union President, 2010-‘11
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Membership Chair
  • Journalism Multicultural Scholars Program
  • Kauffman Scholars Mentor (2009-2011)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America Member
  • University of Kansas Ad Club Secretary
  • Journalism School Student Ambassador
  • University of Kansas Department of Student Housing Desk Manager (2010)
  • University of Kansas Department of Student Housing Resident Assistant (2009)
  • Black Student Union Co-Chair of Programs (2010)
  • Victoria’s Secret Brand Advocate
  • Frances E. Taylor Journalism Scholarship (2010)
  • Tanaka Miller Memorial Scholarship (2009-2011)
  • KU Freshman Achievement Scholarship (2008)
  • William Randolph Hearst Fund Scholarship (2008 & 2009)
  • Martin Luther King Scholarship (2008)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship (2008)

How I became interested in my field:

In high school I was on my high school yearbook and newspaper staff. I never thought that an afterschool hobby would turn into a potential career. I love to write but that is not all that journalism is.

In the advertising or pr industry I would receive the challenge of taking a companies marketing or sales problem, coming up with an idea to combat it, selling the idea to company stakeholders and then making that idea into a reality. It is a fast paced, creative industry that I am excited to join in the next year.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me:

There are many organizations on campus that give me the chance to work with multicultural students and help contribute to their success here at KU. This is important to me because being an African-American student on campus I can understand how hard it is being the minority at such a large institution.

With my position as president for the Black Student Union I was in a position where I could be a voice for multicultural students. I had access to decision makers. I had a chance to voice students’ concerns and struggles as well as suggest improvements. I am most proud of my work in this position because I helped give multicultural students the resources, network, and the voice they need to be successful now and hopefully what they will need to continue success at this university.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

My mother, April Jackson, has not only been a role model but my confidant, advisor and best friend. She instilled in me the importance of an education and the realization of your goals. I can only hope to be as strong and determined a woman as she is.

My favorite KU memory:

I will never forget my first day on campus. I was in awe. It was a beautiful day on KU’s beautiful campus and everyone looked so happy to be there. I was was so happy to be there and I couldn’t wait to start this new chapter in my life. Now nearing my last day as a KU undergrad I know I will start to get a bittersweet feeling about leaving KU.

An important life lesson I have learned:

Don’t lose focus. People, places and things will come and go in your life but if you stay true to yourself, your goals and your faith you will always be right where you want to be. Everything else will follow your lead.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

My sister is a freshman this year at KU! I have told her that college, especially a school as large as KU, is full of opportunities. Take advantage of those opportunities. Mix, mingle and network with as many people as you can and build strong relationships. Find your place. Find your passion. Make goals and pursue them.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

I enjoy reading and reciting The Serenity Prayer because the words never fail to lift my spirits and inspire me to push through the obstacles I am facing.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.