Sr. Student Support Specialist
Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
Office of Inclusive Engagement and Constituent Relations
MU Student Center
AnDrea Jackson will serve in the role of Senior Student Support Specialist for the Gaines Oldham Black Culture and Multicultural Centers. She is a graduate of Mizzou and received a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2015 from the Missouri School of Journalism. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she is a first-generation high school and first-generation college graduate. She spent 20 years molding the young minds of pre-school children as a teacher of early childhood education. Her motto at that time was to make every moment count in the life of a child. Now that she’s establishing herself in her second career in higher education, AnDrea strives to live out the words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Motivated by the desire to see students succeed, AnDrea worked for five years as a study abroad adviser for MU International Programs. In this role, she inspired numerous MU students to experience international education, and as the chair of the IDEA committee for Mizzou Abroad, she was dedicated to helping underserved and underrepresented students see themselves as global citizens.
Her extensive work with students along with the value she places on collaborations, shared resources and building relationships with colleagues has allowed AnDrea to co-develop the Inclusive Excellence in Study Abroad strategic plan, help students secure more than $200,000 in scholarship funding, and obtain a grant that will provide 50 underrepresented freshmen students with their first passport. She believes that students can do whatever they need and want to do if they believe in themselves, and she sees herself as their champion.