Hometown: Oakland, CA
Year in School: Senior
Major/Minor: Business Administration
Expected Graduation: 2018
I am a fourth year member of the world renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, the groups that is recognized for the tradition of the Negro Spiritual. I also dedicate my time to my mentoring initiative, Her Daughters True, which partners incoming freshman with upperclassmen. The group is in the process partnering with a local elementary school and foster care program to extend it's sisterhood and mentorship beyond campus. I also work alongside the Nashville Food Project to promote healthy eating on campus. I also have the distinct honor of serving as Miss NBCA Hall of Fame - the official ambassador representing all HBCUs. The role requires that I assist the organization with efforts to raise awareness about HBCUs and promote their
"It is one of my ultimate goal to develop an artist consulting firm that will consult and finance promising talent. Over the next few years, I will work to achieve my dream of becoming a singer and advocate for sustainable living.
What is your most memorable contribution as a Campus Queen?:
My most memorable contribution as Miss Fisk thus far is having earned the title of Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. Fisk last brought home the crown nearly 15 years ago, so the occasion brought about celebration and inspiration throughout our community. I ran for Miss Fisk on the platform, Evolution on the Altar, a declaration of Fisk's will to survive in a rapidly changing social, technological, and environmental climate. For me, this meant stepping away from the "mold" for Miss Fisk set before me, and finding the courage to embrace the queen inside of me. I believe that the most effective leaders are transparent about their journey, and learned that openly sharing my struggles, both in the weeks leading up to the pageant and during the final competition, was personally freeing and inspiring to others. I was able to encourage my peers to trust their inner voice, even if it goes against the grain, because there is no greater glory than the victory won within.
Jessica Lillian Dedeaux