Panda Cares, a unique partnership between UNCF and Panda Express, is a program dedicated to preparing students for professional development. The conference allows students to meet and network with leaders in their desired field of interest and participate in an experiential learning environment. The director of UNCF’s student professional development programs, Arnika Jackson, is the force behind successfully implementing these programs.
Jackson received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University and her master’s in integrated marketing and management communication from Florida State. During spring break 2023, Panda Cares brought over 250 college seniors to Disneyworld for an all-expense-paid trip including workshops, on-site field training, and a career fair with top companies such as Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, and AT&T.