Honoring the Class of 2020: Jena Phillips

Jena Phillips performs with the color guard for the NC State marching band

Leading up to what would have been the Class of 2020’s graduation ceremony, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs is highlighting some of its seniors in Leadership and Civic Engagement.

For this article, we interviewed Jena Phillips, who is double majoring in political science with a concentration in law and justice as well as Arabic language and literature:

What organizations were/are you involved with at NC State?

Pre-Law Student Association, Leadership and Civic Engagement (Alternative Service Break, Leadership Development Program), and NC State Marching Band (color guard captain).

Jena Phillips and other volunteers on an Alternative Service Break trip
Jena Phillips and other volunteers on an Alternative Service Break trip

What is the most impactful leadership experience you had at NC State and why?

Serving as a captain of the NC State color guard section for the Power Sound of the South, working with people who are committed to an activity I love in order to represent NC State in the best possible manner. I also enjoyed serving as an Alternative Service Break team leader for two years to both Nicaragua and Peru, working for the community both abroad and at NC State.

What would you say is your lasting impact on NC State?

“Well-behaved women seldom make history”—organizing projects, rallies, vigils, and events that push the status quo towards the progressive and inclusive campus we all deserve.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be a Lead for North Carolina Fellow for one year, then I will attend Law School.

Jena Phillips
Jena Phillips