Jackie Yarbro from Suwanee, Ga., a member of the Class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University, has been selected as the winner of this year's Decade Award.
The award is given to a rising junior who has shown involvement and leadership at W&L, in both academic and extracurricular activities, and has furthered discussions of women's issues on campus and beyond.
Yarbro is a philosophy and religion double major, with a minor in women and gender studies. She is founder and co-president of the new Campus Culture Initiative, which works to foster closer social relationships among W&L men and women.
"Campus Culture Initiative is an organization that works to bridge the gender divide present on Washington and Lee's campus," said Yarbro. "We provide programming that helps students in different sororities, fraternities and those without Greek affiliation interact outside of the classroom."
She is treasurer of the Panhellenic Council, was a Rho Gamma helping freshmen women going through recruitment and is president of Washington and Lee's Mock Trial. Yarbro belongs to Chi Omega sorority and the peer tutoring program. She appeared as Rosalind in "As You Like It," was projector technician for "MacBeth" and assistant director for "MacBeth Jr."
Yarbro is part of the Law School Mentorship Program, attended the Women's Leadership Summit during the winter term 2012 and has just been named to a yearlong appointment to the Student Faculty Hearing Board.
"Jackie recognizes what is positive about living in a small community like W&L, and seeks to enhance the sense of community for which there is already a foundation," said Melina Bell, associate professor of philosophy at W&L. "She also acknowledges the ways in which W&L culture could reflect a more cohesive and inclusive community, and she is committed to making that vision, shared by many of her peers, a reality through her excellent leadership."