College adds Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion
DeJuan Mitchell has a “student-first” mindset. He believes that will serve him and Marietta’s students well as he settles in to his new position as the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Student Services.
Mitchell joins Marietta after completing a Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership with a focus in College Personnel from Murray State University in Kentucky.
After graduation, he moved to New York and worked as a resident director for six months. Unfulfilled within the position, he moved back home to Indianapolis. He began a specific and intentional job search for a position that would allow him to contribute to, improve and advance the multicultural and diversity aspects of a campus.
Marietta wasn’t the only institution Mitchell interviewed with before making a decision. However, he admitted to feeling that he was wanted for the role at Marietta and recognized an opportunity to be able to develop programming that would be useful and beneficial for Marietta’s campus community.
Mitchell has high aspirations on what he wants to accomplish at Marietta. Already, he is developing a Diversity Achievement Program that will include, among other things, a freshman-mentoring program.
Mitchell intends to have an “open-door” policy, welcoming all students to stop by to say hello or talk to him about things within and outside his title’s responsibilities. However, he hopes to really be able to connect with and help first-generation college students and racial and ethnic minority students.
Besides his new programs, Mitchell is the advisor for the Charles Sumner Harrison Organization and he plans to attend club and organization meetings, including PAC and SGA.
Mitchell said he can already tell that it’s the students that will make his job the most enjoyable.
“There are several students here that I really enjoy and make me laugh,” he said.
The “student-first” mindset Mitchell believes he possesses is already readily present. It seems apparent that he intends to maintain that while he tries to help and support everyone on campus.
Mitchell completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Indiana State University, where he served in several peer mentorship roles and was initiated into Psi Chi, the international psychology honorary.
During his time as a graduate student, Mitchell served as a graduate fellow in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the First Year Experience through the Center for Academic Success at Murray State.