Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson
Vice President for
The mission of the MLK Center is threefold: (1) to advance the university's strategic goal of achieving a more diverse and inclusive campus environment, (2) to support increased retention of undergraduate students who are generally underrepresented in the student body, and (3) to enhance student achievement by helping students to have a more engaged, productive and fulfilling undergraduate experience. To these ends, our goals are to foster intercultural competence, promote respect and passion for the pursuit of quality education, and to help prepare students for productive and responsible engagement in a global society.
Our guiding philosophy is grounded in the conviction that the development of self-knowledge and cultural competence based on an enlightened worldview is a vital dimension to becoming a genuinely educated person. Likewise, educated people should be knowledgeable and sensitive to the cultural essence of other peoples.