Alicia Jacobs has been inducted into the Western Carolina University (WCU) chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society. Alpha Kappa Delta is an organization founded in 1920 that is dedicated to encouraging and stimulating scholarship while promoting the scientific study and advancement of sociology.
Jacobs is employed by Cherokee Preservation Foundation and coordinates the Jones-Bowman Leadership Award Program for college undergraduates. She is an honors student at WCU, pursuing a degree in Sociology. She came to the Foundation in 2009 with years of leadership experience, in part through ownership of an award-winning catering business. She is an avid volunteer and runner, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She lives in Whittier with her husband and two children.
During a symposium that preceded the induction ceremony, Jacobs had the opportunity to make a presentation about her role and responsibilities in connection with the Costa Rica Eco-Study Tour and how that relates to her Sociology major.
To date, dozens of youth in the region, ages 14-17, have travelled to Costa Rica in the summer for a cross-cultural eco-study program developed by Cherokee Preservation Foundation and the EBCI Cooperative Extension Program. They visit other indigenous communities, experience Earth University’s sustainable environment practices, and broaden their cultural awareness. This summer, ten students will participate, and Jacobs will be one of six chaperones who will accompany them.
– Cherokee Preservation Foundation