Senior Research Fellow Dr. Melody Jackson Elected to the Board of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Senior Research Fellow Dr. Melody Jackson Elected to the Board of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

On June 19, 2017, Dr. Melody Jackson, was elected to the board of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). As an elected member of the 2017 – 2019 AAUW Board of Directors, Dr. Jackson will be instrumental in shaping the strategic direction of an organization that has been committed to the equity of women and girls in education since 1881. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, AAUW has over 170,000 members represented at over 1000 branches and partnerships with over 800 colleges and universities that range from ivy league schools such as Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, and Yale, to regional universities, liberal arts colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities, and community colleges.

Drawing on a long history of providing financial support to women attending any college or university, AAUW awarded the first international fellowship to Latino women in 1917; created an international grants division in the 1940s; provided funds to help women study to become faculty since the 1960s; created the Coretta Scott King Fund for black women in 1969; and continues to provide grants and fellowships both in the United States and abroad to help women achieve greatness through higher education.

Regarding global impact, in addition to awarding international grants and fellowships, AAUW has special consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; works in partnership with international colleges and universities such as the Australian National University, and supports initiatives to promote equality in education for women and girls all across the globe.

As a leader in Title IX, AAUW created the Committee on Standards in Higher Education in the 1970s and continues to conduct Title IX research, inform politicians and other policy makers, and support the efforts of others working toward increasing Title IX education and information.

Recognizing the deficiency of representation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, AAUW has developed STEM programs for girls, conducted and disseminated research on gender-based STEM concerns, and supported efforts to expand the presence of women and girls in STEM fields.

At University of Phoenix, Dr. Jackson serves as Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Global Business Research, Founder and Group Manager for the Virtual Interconnectivity Lab, Dissertation Chair and Committee Member, School of Advanced Studies Doctoral Faculty, and School of Business Management Faculty for the Richmond/Virginia Beach Campus.

Dr. Jackson will be representing University of Phoenix, women in higher education, and girls dreaming of a better life through education.

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