Alumna chosen to lead DePauw’s equity efforts

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been named to a leadership position at DePauw University.

Headshot of UCA alumna Dionne Jackson

UCA alumna Dionne Jackson has been named the new vice president of institutional equity at DePauw University.

Dionne Jackson, who earned a master’s degree from UCA, will serve as DePauw’s vice president of institutional equity. She will be the first person in school history to hold the position.

Jackson received her master’s degree in school leadership, management and administration from UCA’s College of Education in 1999.

Jackson will join DePauw in June after spending the past year as the inaugural chief equity officer for the city of Little Rock. She previously served as the vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Hendrix College.

With plenty of experience in higher education, Jackson recognizes that developing institutional equity is a process and one that can take time.

“I tell people that, oftentimes, when we talk about doing equity work, you don’t see the fruits of that labor in six months or one year. You have to roadmap your journey and celebrate the milestones along the way,” Jackson said.

In addition to her UCA degree, Jackson received her bachelor’s degree from Hendrix before completing her doctorate in education at Baylor University.

By Philip Allison