Hendrix College education professor Dionne B. Jackson will become the private college's first vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer beginning July 1.
The Conway college said it created the position in line with its 2015-2020 Hendrix College Strategic Plan, which emphasizes increasing diversity on campus and ensuring inclusion at all levels of the college.
Jackson's responsibilities will include supporting the Hendrix Aspire Scholarship partner network and developing sustainable programming to recruit, develop and mentor Hendrix Aspire Scholars.
She will also work with constituencies across campus to create a Center for Inclusive Community, which will provide programs and training around diversity and inclusion initiatives.
"I am excited and humbled to serve as Hendrix College's first chief diversity officer," Jackson said. "As vice president for diversity and inclusion, I will work with [Hendrix College President Bill Tsutsui] and our community to envision and conceptualize our diversity mission as an institution and to develop and implement sustainable initiatives to fulfill it."
Jackson joined Hendrix in 2010 as assistant professor of education. She also serves as the principal investigator of Hendrix's five-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant that recruits, develops and supports outstanding Hendrix science and mathematics majors to become teachers in the Arkansas Delta.