Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Kendra Jason was appointed executive fellow for strategic initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She had been serving as the inaugural race and social justice advocate for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the university. An associate professor of sociology at the university, she holds faculty affiliate roles in the departments of sociology and organizational science, Africana studies, gerontology, and public health sciences.

Dr. Jason is a graduate of Augusta University in Georgia. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University.

Rodmon King is the new assistant dean for diversity, inclusion, and belonging for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College. Earlier, Dr. King was the chief diversity and inclusion officer at SUNY-Oswego.

Dr. King holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester in New York.

Chanelle Whittaker is the new vice president for equity, culture, and talent at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. She was the associate vice chancellor for human resources for the Los Rios Community College District in California.

Whittaker holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a juris doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.

Harold Wallace III is the new director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University in Kansas. He was the director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Earlier, he was assistant director of student diversity programs at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Wallace holds a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies, business, and sociology from Wichita State University. He earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University.

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