Hendrix College was the first Associated Colleges of the South institution to appoint a Chief Diversity Officer who reports directly to the President.
Currently serving the College as interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Kesha Baoua spent the last seven years at Hendrix as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Before that, she spent six years heading the College's Office of Multicultural and International Student Services.
A native of Gum Springs, near Arkadelphia, Baoua graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas's Honors College with a bachelor's degree in sociology, and continued her studies there to obtain a Master of Science degree in training systems. She and her husband, Boukary, have a three-year-old son.
Amber Jackson joined the Office for Diversity and Inclusion as Program Manager in 2017. In addition to coordinating and promoting office activities and diversity initiatives on campus, Ms. Jackson works together with the CDO to plan, develop, and evaluate diversity and inclusion programming; plan and conduct employee and student diversity trainings; and analyze and report climate survey data.
Ms. Jackson is committed to social and economic justice, and she brings to this position a background in research and government and nonprofit work. She earned a Master of Public Service degree at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an Associate of Arts degree at Pulaski Technical College. She is also a graduate of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts.