President Jenkins-Scott Recognized for Diversity Initiatives

March 15, 2013

Jenkins-Scott receives the Diversity Journal's Leadership in Action Award

President Jackie Jenkins-ScottWheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott is a 2013 recipient of the Profiles in Diversity Journal 2013 CEO Leadership in Action Award. She is one of only 37 CEOs/Presidents recognized with this honor. Her profile is featured in the 2013 March/April issue of the magazine, showcasing the leadership, commitment, and, most importantly, engagement of the CEOs/Presidents in their organizations' diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Jenkins-Scott was selected for this honor because of her unequivocal support for diversity and inclusion at Wheelock and her concerted efforts to diversify college departments. Her page-long Leadership in Action essay highlights Wheelock's commitment: "Wheelock's proud legacy of a commitment to diversity, in all aspects of the college community, is a role model for institutions across the country," wrote Jenkins-Scott.

Her profile includes advice to CEOs on how they can help the economy recover while maintaining an emphasis on diversity and inclusion: "[An] increase in diverse students and investments in education [are] needed. There also must be more intentional workforce preparation to increase our citizens' skills and abilities to match the new knowledge economy."

Jenkins-Scott is a passionate community leader and an innovative educator. Since becoming the 13th President of Wheelock College in 2004, Jenkins-Scott has embraced the private college's mission to improve the lives of children and families. Under her leadership, Wheelock announced a new partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). As a result of this creative collaboration, approximately one-third of Singapore's early childhood educators are Wheelock grads, representing more than 2,200 graduate students. Wheelock has also implemented a new civic engagement focus that created a 10-year commitment to rebuilding New Orleans.

Additionally, a new state-of-the-art Campus Center and Residence Hall was constructed- the first new on-campus construction in nearly 60 years. And the College has announced an unprecedented Capital Campaign, the first in its history, of $80 million to support scholarships, innovation, technology, facilities and professorship development.

Prior to joining Wheelock, Jenkins-Scott served as the President and CEO of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Mass., one of Boston's largest community-based health and human service agencies serving the city's most vulnerable populations. Jenkins-Scott has received numerous awards throughout her career in recognition of her unyielding community advocacy work.

The 2013 March/April issue of the Profiles in Diversity Journal can be found online at: www.diversityjournal.com/

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