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Donna Hay-Jones

Donna Hay-Jones has held positions of responsibility in colleges and universities across the nation, including the medical and business schools of Dartmouth College, New York Law School, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands.  Most recently, she has worked with hundreds of colleges and universities in professional networks, partnering with leaders at the highest levels. As Associate Director of the Education Advisory Board (EAB), she met weekly with college Presidents, Boards of Trustees, Provosts, Vice Presidents and their staff to address institutions’ most pressing needs.  Then, as Director of the Teaching and Learning Center of American Honors, a community college honors network, she oversaw course development and faculty professional development across seventeen campuses. Currently, as Managing Director of Maplewood H68, the education company she founded, she works with colleges and universities to engage students and alumni through career programming and inclusion strategies to reach underrepresented groups. 

Her extensive background in higher education diversity affairs includes developing recruitment and financial aid strategies to attract diverse students; creating initiatives to recruit diverse faculty and staff; overseeing an annual Diversity Conference; instituting diversity content for an annual Faculty Conference; serving as Diversity Facilitator in campus group discussions; leading a faculty/staff affinity group; and, currently, presenting diversity programs to students and alumni.

She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Oakwood College, a Historically Black College in Alabama, an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a J.D. Georgetown University.