Jasmine Babers is a senior at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she is double majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science. On-campus Jasmine wears many hats; she is the treasurer and social chair of SISTERS, a member of Woman 2 Woman, and a founding member of the UIC philanthropy group. She also sits on the Student advisory board for the Dean of L.A.S., the advisory board for the Provost and is the chair for the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.
Off-campus, Jasmine takes on roles through Fellowships. She is a Peace First Fellow, where she advocates for young people to make peacemaking apart of their lives, and recently won the prestigious, Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowship. Being a product of the foster care system, Jasmine is thrilled to be spending the next several months working on her project, Fostering Incarceration, where she is doing research and writing a book on the Foster Care to Incarceration pipeline.
Jasmine’s most prized accomplishment is being the founder and editor of Love Girls Magazine. She started Love Girls when she was 15 years old, in response to bullying, sexisim and other injustices that she saw regarding women and girls. The Magazine focuses on self-esteem and women empowerment, which provides girls with opportunities in writing, photography, event planning, and leadership. Today Love Girls have impacted over 25,000 girls across the nation.
Through her work, Jasmine has been honored to receive numerous awards including, USA Characters Unite Award, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, The Peace First Prize, The Women’s Connection, Young Women of Achievement Award, Royal neighbors Nation of Neighbors, and many others.