Jacinta R. Saffold F'17
Public Fellows 2017
African American Studies
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Appointed as Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities
The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,350 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (DESS) accelerates broad-scale systemic innovation to advance educational practices that engage diversity and challenge inequities in order to make excellence inclusive for all college students. In July 2016, AAC&U joined with more than 120 diverse organizations and individuals as partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s (WKKF) Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise. The enterprise seeks to help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in a hierarchy of human value. Under the supervision of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, the associate director will be responsible for managing the programmatic and logistical efforts to develop AAC&U’s TRHT institutes that will provide the training and professional development necessary to launch the first 10 Centers for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation at designated colleges and universities. The Associate Director for DESS will manage communications with the centers, and will review and provide feedback on progress reports and evaluation plans that will be developed to measure progress.