Franklin College has announced the appointment of Maegan Pollonais, D.A., as director of its Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
“We are very pleased to welcome Maegan to the Franklin College family,” said Kerry N. Prather, Franklin College president. “I am confident Maegan’s leadership of the CDI will enhance the education of our students in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Her support for our under-represented student populations and continued education of all our students will affirm our commitment to make Franklin a welcoming and inclusive campus for all.”
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Pollonais earned her bachelor’s degrees in sociology and music from State University of New York. She earned her master’s degree in music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she was the recipient of the Winifred O. Stone Presidential Scholarship, an initiative designed to recruit the best and brightest graduate students. Pollonais earned her doctoral degree in music with a concentration in educational psychology from Ball State University. While there, she served as a graduate assistant for the Ph.D. Pathways Program in the Office of Institutional Diversity, a mentoring program that matches high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with faculty and professional staff.
Prior to coming to Franklin, she served as the director of student diversity and inclusion at Manchester University. Part of her responsibilities included managing the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assisting in developing and retaining students of color and international students. She also served as the director of Schwalm Hall, which houses upper-level undergraduate students.
“With a high level of gratitude and enthusiasm, I am excited to bring my diverse skills in promoting the successful holistic development of today’s students with their unique needs and experiences,” said Pollonais. “Empowerment and advocacy is crucial in the modern-day world, and I wish to lend to this perspective by creating a brave space and opportunities for the Franklin College community and beyond to excel as equity-minded individuals in this growing pluralistic world. I look forward to engaging with our dynamic student trailblazers, our dedicated faculty and staff, and our inspired leadership.”
Pollonais began her new role at Franklin on June 9, 2021.
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POSTED Jun 15, 2021