Wheelock President Honored for Commitment to Diversity

February 11, 2016

Jackie Jenkins-Scott Receives Prestigious Giving Back Award

President Jackie Jenkins-ScottWheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott was selected as a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's Giving Back Award for Presidents and Chancellors.

This is the only national award that honors presidents and chancellors for their personal commitment to diversity and inclusion by giving back to their campus and community. Honorees must be nominated by a colleague.

"This award is being presented to President Jenkins-Scott as a tribute to her passion, dedication, and philanthropy, along with her demonstration of outstanding social responsibility throughout [the Wheelock] campus and community," said INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Owner and President Lenore Pearlstein.

Under President Jenkins-Scott's leadership, Wheelock has continuously strengthened its commitment to promoting diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. Among the initiatives spearheaded by President Jenkins-Scott are the Diversity and Inclusion Council (which overseas programs designed to support diversity goals), the Multicultural Center (which provides space, resources, and services dedicated to exploring issues around diversity), and WheeEngage (which conducts research and provides coaching to advance campus discussions around diversity, equity, and social justice).

"I am honored to have received this award and share it with my colleagues at Wheelock College, where we have worked together towards making improvements to our campus culture in efforts to foster a positive learning, living and working environment for all in our community," said President Jenkins-Scott. "I believe that as an institution that strives to improve the lives of children and families, we are on a journey towards building long-lasting institutional progress."

Some facts about Wheelock:

  • 33% of degree-seeking undergraduate students of known ethnicity identify as Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Two or More Races
  • 30% of degree-seeking graduate students of known ethnicity identify as Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Two or More Races
  • 33.8% of current students are first in their families to go to college per our documentation.
  • 3 out of 5 students say they frequently have serious conversations with students who are different from themselves in terms of race, ethnicity, or religious, political, or personal beliefs.
  • Nearly 30% of Wheelock faculty are African American, Latino, Asian-American, or Native American.
  • Wheelock has educated students in Singapore for 20 years and has educated or trained nearly 25% of all early childhood educators in that country.

President Jenkins-Scott and the other 2016 honorees will be recognized in the April 2016 "Leadership Support and Giving Back" issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion magazine and website in higher education, with a print and online readership of nearly 200,000. The issue will publish March 15 online and March 22 in print.

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