Jakari Jackson: Minority Serving Institutions’ Student Travel Grant Winner Jakari Jackson is a senior chemical engineering student at Prairie View A&M University and one of the twelve student leaders who was awarded a travel grant to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. This travel grant is part of AIChE’s Minority Affairs Committee’s (MAC) Minority Serving Institutions Student Leadership Development Initiative. Belinda Akpa, 2018 Past Chair of MAC and Assistant Professor North Carolina State University had a chance to talk with Jakari about his leadership experience within his student chapter, his plans for after graduation and his passion for chemical engineering as a tool for navigating the world, meeting challenges, and making a positive difference. In this interview, Jakari shares his drive and enthusiasm for “giving back knowledge” to young kids by helping them learn and explore the great opportunities in STEM. MAC’s Minority Serving Institutions Student Leadership Development Initiative is funded by the generous supporters of the AIChE Annual Fund and Doing a World of Good campaign. Related Content: Nov 14, 2017 Henry Brown on the Future of Chemical Engineering Education Henry Brown is one of the original advocates for under-represented minority chemical engineers in AIChE. AIChE's Gordon Ellis sat down with him to discuss the endowment in his name and the future of chemical engineering education. Mar 11, 2012 Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) The Minority Affairs Committee promotes activities that encourage the education and training of disadvantaged minorities in engineering and related disciplines; fosters the employment of minorities at all levels of skills within the engineering field; encourages minority entrepreneurship; and directs the expertise of engineers to the solution of special social and economic problems faced by the such minorities.