Emerson Morris

  • Class

    Class of 2027
  • Program

    B.A. in Public Policy Leadership, Minor in Biology, Minor in Southern Studies ( College of Liberal Arts )
  • Hometown

    Gulfport, MS (South)
  • Involvement

    Greek Life, Student Government
  • Social Media

  • About

    Emerson is a PPL major with minors in Biology and Southern Studies. She is a member of the Associated Student Body, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College as an ambassador, a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, and an ambassador for Fraternity and Sorority Life. She works as a Consultant for the Speaking Center under the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and serves as the President of the Iota Chapter of Lambda Sigma. The summer before her sophomore year, she interned with Big Island Tea in Hilo, Hawaii to learn regenerative and sustainable farming practices to better aid her understanding of food policy. Emerson enjoys reading, hiking, music, and traveling with her friends.

Get to know Emerson Morris

Why did you choose PPL as your major and what was the appeal of the Lott program?

I chose PPL as my major due to the extreme number of opportunities given to you as a member. Internships, insightful speakers, and mentors are all provided by the Institute, and students can begin to build their professional narrative as soon as they enroll. The relationships formed with peers and professors will aid your career in college and beyond.

What are your career aspirations?

I hope to further the intersection of STEM innovation and law, specifically within sustainable and affordable agricultural infrastructure. I plan to attend law school and leverage this to advocate for policy efforts that promote sustainability and environmental conservation in the American South. I aim to use my communication abilities to promote discourse in efforts to reach common goals.

Is there a professor that has been particularly helpful to you?

Dr. Melissa Bass has been incredibly helpful in navigating course requirements and various services on campus. She makes sure every student is set up to succeed.

What is a particularly meaningful way you have engaged in a community either on or off campus?

I currently serve on the Associated Student Body President's Cabinet as a Co-Principal of Accessibility. As a disabled student at the University, I am working to bridge the gaps between students and Student Disability Services so everyone can receive the help they deserve. I strive to uphold accessibility, building code, and resource availability.