Jackie Jenkins-Scott 

President, Wheelock College

The INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award honors college presidents and chancellors who go above and beyond their everyday duties to give back to their institutions and communities. President Jenkins-Scott was nominated by colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity as a 2016 Giving Back Award recipient for her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion and encouraging community service both on her campus and in the surrounding community. 

Civic Involvement
Member of the board of directors of the Boston Foundation, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Schott Foundation for Public Education, Tufts Health Plan, and Century Bank

Campus Community Service
Under Jenkins-Scott’s leadership, Wheelock made a 10-year commitment to rebuilding New Orleans; as part of this effort, students and faculty members take two annual trips to Louisiana.

Assessing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
The WheeEngage Initiative, initiated by Jenkins-Scott, seeks to facilitate the continued advancement of campus discourse with respect to diversity, equity, and social justice. Last year, WheeEngage focused on gathering information to understand the experiences and perspectives of underrepresented members of the Wheelock community. Through interviews, focus groups, observation, and a climate survey, the initiative provided insight into diversity and inclusion strengths, challenges, opportunities, resistance, and equity goals.

Established Initiatives
International Visiting Scholars, a program that brings to campus scholars from all over the world; International Service Learning Program, which provides Wheelock students with opportunities for short-term international service experiences; Campus Response Engagement and Wellness (CREW), a team that assists campus faculty, administrators, and staff with providing appropriate and timely responses to incidents, issues, and challenges related to diversity and inclusion on campus, as well as assists with promoting a healthy campus climate and awareness of intersectional diversity, equity, and social justice issues

Awards and Recognitions
Boston Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence Award; 2010 COLOR Magazine Change Agent Award; Associated Industries of Massachusetts Legacy of Leadership Award; Pinnacle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Nomination Excerpt
“President Jenkins-Scott is committed to creating, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that values the uniqueness of every individual and actively promotes social justice. [She] strives to demonstrate this by embracing and celebrating all races, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, age groups, gender identities or expressions, religions, languages, sexual orientations, abilities and disabilities, economic statuses, and diverse perspectives. … Overall, and most importantly, President Jenkins-Scott is a leader who cares. She cares about the professional development, experience, and well-being of each and every member of the Wheelock community. Her concern for the progression of our community is genuine and sincere.”