Three African Americans Appointed to Diversity Posts at Universities

Crasha Townsend has been promoted to assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She was the director of the Student Opportunities and Achievement Resources program at the university.

Dr. Townsend is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She received a master’s degree in higher education administration with an emphasis on college student affairs leadership from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Sean Edmund Rogers, the Spachman Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations, the Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence for the College of Business, and the director of the Charles T. Schmidt Jr. Labor Research Center at the University of Rhode Island, has been given the added duties of interim vice president of community, equity, and diversity at the university. Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island in 2018, Dr. Rogers held faculty appointments at Cornell University, New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned a master’s degree in human resource development from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in human resources law from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Rogers received a Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resources from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey,

Dionne Jackson is the inaugural vice president for institutional equity at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She will also serve as a part-time associate professor of education. She has been serving as chief equity officer for the mayor’s office in Little Rock, Arkansas. She previously was vice president for diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and a tenured associate professor of education at Hendrix College, a liberal arts educational institution in Conway, Arkansas.

Dr. Jackson is a graduate of Hendrix College. She holds a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on secondary leadership, from the University of Central Arkansas and an educational doctorate, with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction, from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


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