Associate Vice President for Belonging and Inclusion
Dr. Tanisha L. Jenkins has a strong track record of administrative success in advancing organizations' inclusion and equity cultures and initiatives. She came to Ohio State after serving as the Director of Multicultural Student Life at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee (UTK) where she is responsible for providing the overall leadership, strategic direction, and management of the Office of Multicultural Student Life and the Frieson Black Cultural Center. Dr. Jenkins has also served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and worked for Clemson University's Gantt Intercultural Center in Clemson, SC.
Dr. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, a Master of Education in Counselor Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Clemson University in Clemson, SC, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Jenkins' educational research agenda primarily focuses on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education, collegiate experiences of students of color attending predominately White institutions, and the experiences of Black women in higher education and senior student affairs leadership. She is a past president of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), former NASPA Region III Advisory Board Member, and the 2020 recipient of the NASPA Region III James E. Scott Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award.
As the Associate Vice President for Belonging and Inclusion, Dr. Jenkins supports Disability Services, the Multicultural Center, Social Change, training and development for staff and programs that advance Student Life's inclusion efforts.