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Alumni Spotlight Series
Featuring Jessie Wang

Fostering Inclusive Classrooms and Equitable Student Success

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 :: 12:00 Noon

Emmanuel College Alumni Relations is proud to present the Alumni Spotlight Series. This multipart series (formerly Emmanuel Together Spotlight Series) features alumni who are using their talents to make a difference.

Please join us for a virtual lunchtime talk with Jessie Wang discussing “Fostering Inclusive Classrooms and Equitable Student Success.”

Jessie Wang

Jessie Wang '19 currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Student Success at East Tennessee State University's Clemmer College. Wang holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Emmanuel College, where she was also elected as President of the Student Government. Directly following her bachelor's degree, Wang earned her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Wang's research centered on fostering historically underrepresented student success at predominantly white institutions of higher education, focusing primarily on students of color and first-generation students.

As Assistant Dean, Wang has direct oversight of the Office of Student Success, academic advisement, recruitment, retention, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the college.  An active member of the community, through the Chamber of Commerce, Wang serves as a council member for the Young Professionals of Johnson City organization, as a representative for the Move to Johnson City Campaign, and as a board member for the Bob Owens Community Leadership Fund, which focuses on improving mental health conditions in the region.  She also serves as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Wang was recently named as one of 29 professionals throughout the state of Tennessee for Leadership Tennessee Next, a competitive statewide leadership program that addresses issues of the state.

Wang has led over a dozen presentations and trainings surrounding topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout northeast Tennessee and at various colleges and universities across the United States. Still active at her alma mater's, Wang served for two years as a Director for the Emmanuel College Alumni Board and returns to Harvard annually to guest lecture for a class entitled, "Redesigning Colleges and Universities for Equitable Student Success."

Participation in this event is free, but a $15 donation is encouraged to the Emmanuel Fund. Zoom link to be provided to registrants upon registration.

For questions, email, or call 617-735-9771. View videos of past Emmanuel Together/Alumni Spotlight Series events »