Randolph-Macon College Gender Relations Council honored two R-MC students at the
Women’s Leadership Luncheon on March 7, 2008.
The Woman of Excellence award honors students of Randolph-Macon College who have
worked toward advancing the status of women on campus and who exemplify leadership,
vitality and integrity in their lives on and off campus.
Rebekah DeHaven completed her coursework in December 2007, with a double
major in political science and sociology and a minor in Spanish. During her academic
career at R-MC, she was a Presidential Scholarship and Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore
Award recipient. De Haven’s involvement in activities on campus is impressive. She
served as the president of the Residence Hall Association and was a member of the
college’s Gender Relations Council, Judicial Board and Diversity Project. As an
Emerging Leaders Weekend Mentor, she assisted incoming freshmen students in developing
their leadership skills. De Haven also interned at the United States House of Representatives,
under the guise of the Honorable Frank Wolf, and she taught English to a group of
Guatemalan migrants living in Ashland. She currently works as a legal assistant
with the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC.
Senior Deondra “Dee” Jackson is a history major with an emphasis on education
and business. She has served as a mentor resident assistant, and she spearheaded
the Freshmen Social Life Awareness Program in 2007. Additionally, Jackson served
as vice-president of the Black Cultural Society and was a committed member of the
Women of Color Discussion Group, the Gender Relations Council and the Ujima Gospel
Choir. She also made a name for herself beyond the R-MC community by participating
in several faith-based activities: she was chaplain for the youth choir at Laurel
Hill Baptist Church in Mineral, Virginia, and participated in the Women’s Mentor
Program at Laurel Hill. Jackson currently works as a therapeutic recreation aide,
helping students with special needs learn the finer points of social interaction.
R-MC congratulates Dee Jackson and Rebekah DeHaven for their outstanding achievements
on and off campus.