Message from the Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Student Initiatives & Director, Goode Scholars Program
Jackie Irving, M.S.
Dean of Students for Multicultural Student Initiatives
I enjoy working with students. This shows in my work with Multicultural Awareness Advisory Committee (MAAC) student ambassadors as well as with the W. Wilson Goode Scholarship Program, named for Dr. W. Wilson Goode, the first African American Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. My responsibilities include counseling and advising students, coordinating multicultural educational opportunities and events; and administering the W. Wilson Goode Scholarship program.
As the Dean of Students for Multicultural Student Initiatives, I have the privilege of planning and administering programs that contribute to cultivating the development of students’ cultural competency, multicultural appreciation, leadership development, academic success and civic engagement. I enjoy helping students discover, explore, and appreciate the gift of diversity created by God, while witnessing their educational, personal, and spiritual development.
I began my career at Eastern University in January, 2001 as a Career Counselor and Sophomore Retention Program Coordinator. During my time at Eastern, positions I have held also include, Multicultural Student Advisor, W. Wilson Goode Scholars Program Coordinator, adjunct faculty and academic advisor. I currently serve on the University’s Intercultural Competency Team and annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration committee. . Prior to coming to Eastern, my professional experience includes; legislative affairs assistant, minority and women business development associate, marketing assistant, employment coach and recruiter, career counselor, and academic advisor.
My professional memberships include the Pennsylvania Office of Women in Higher Education, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADHOE), and President of the Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania Officers and Liaisons of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA). I also have number professional development certifications in Intercultural Competency and Diversity Awareness.
In my spare time I participate in civic engagement which includes; volunteering and serving on the boards of The Chester Pearls Foundation, Chester Planning Commission, and past board member of the Chester YWCA. Currently, I serve as President of the Tau Delta Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
I am a proud alumnus of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Adult & Continuing of Education. In continuing my quest for knowledge, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education.
My favorite scripture is Micah 6:8 and favorite quote is “Be the Change you wish to See” by Mahatma Gandhi