Hope Jackson

Hometown – Virginia Beach, VA
Undergrad – Duke University, Biology – Animal Behavior Concentration and Global Health – Sustainability Engagement
Current – Americorps

Hope Elizabeth Jackson was born to preachers Tim and Robin Jackson. When her birth came after two miscarriages her parents said, “God gave them Hope.” Her parents’ faith in God easily translated into her own life and Hope now attributes the incredible opportunities offered to her solely to God.

While at Duke Hope has committed herself to global health and public service. During her first summer, she served with the Global Public Service Academy as a college team leader teaching sexual, maternal and child healthcare in Guatemalan health clinics and schools. Additionally, she acted as the main interpreter, educator, and guardian for visiting US high school students. In her second summer, she independently designed an immersive student service project focusing on girl’s empowerment with the Portland non-profit Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest. While there she created an advocacy curriculum for their summer leadership programs. That same summer, with the help of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Shore Undergraduate Research Scholars she interned with the Anti-Defamation League and learned what it meant to work to the organization’s mission “to secure justice and fair treatment for all”.

At school, Hope enjoys editing for the Duke Student Global Health Review and volunteering with the nonprofit Happy Kids Healthy Kids. Outside of school Hope enjoys teaching spin classes, spending time with her church family, and traveling both near and far when she gets the opportunity. 

After graduation Hope is planning to pursue public health work regarding women. She would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Global Health, Health Behavior or Health Policy & Management in order to contribute effective methods of intervention and evaluation to the field. Potential careers in applied research, project management, and professorship regarding global health all interest Hope.