Meet Monica Nixon, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity. Infectious energy, striking ambition, and a smile that could light up any room; Nixon is tasked with two very difficult jobs as the head of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID).
OID is multiple offices working together to create spaces. These spaces are used first for non-white students and then for white students to have conversations about race, gender, sex and much more.
Saint Joseph’s University is not known for being diverse with 83 percent of students identifying as white and 17 percent grouped as other.
Nixon’s job is to help diversify the university’s predominately white student body. Nixon brings together campus departments in and around OID, like Admissions, Student Success, and Human Resources.
“This is the work that has the most meaning for me,” said Nixon.
She also maintain relationships back in Seattle, where she worked before coming to St. Joe’s.
“I don’t regret coming to Saint Joe’s…But it was hard to think about recreating community in a new place” said Nixon.