Junior Te’Kayla Dixon has a smile that is just as cheerful as her personality.
Dixon is majoring in family and consumer science and holds positions in Students for the Propagation of Black Culture and the Student Activities Board.
Dixon is the SPBC’s 2018 Black History Month Chair and organized four different programs throughout the month that educated students about black history.
“We never got taught in school about where slavery was … and I wanted to learn more about my culture,” Dixon said. “Once I got [to UCA]everything around the world was like ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and I felt like I had a voice and that I could promote [black culture]in a positive way.”
As SAB’s Pop Culture Chair, Dixon chooses comedians, spoken word artists and lecturers to perform on campus.
“[These are events] for students who want to learn something and take away something,” Dixon said. “Every experience you go through is a learning experience.”
Dixon said she tries to have a positive impact on everyone she meets.
“I’m always cheery and happy and outgoing, like I’m that type of person who’s like ‘Hey, I’m happy I saw you today,’ and some people need that,” Dixon said. “I feel like I’ve just always been there for some people because I know if I was in that place, I’d want someone there for me.”
Dixon is from Richardson, Texas, and graduated from Lloyd V. Berkner High School. She said she loves visiting her family in Texas and said that she would visit them every weekend if she could.
“[My mom and I] are literally the same person. We’re super close, like family is a big thing for us,” Dixon said. “They are my favorite people to be with.”
Dixon said that if she did see her family all the time, she wouldn’t be as independent as she is today.
“I had to learn how to budget my money and stuff … and it’s definitely helped me grow as a person just because of the life experiences I’ve gotten to experience,” Dixon said. “If I was with them all the time I’d probably be at home … and not making friends.”
She said living away from home has helped her rely on her friends and roommates and cope with being apart from her family.
Photo by Caroline Bivens.