New Position Calls for Efforts Toward Inclusion

Megan Kyla Jefferson | July 30, 2019 | Jul 30, 2019

GAINESVILLE, TX- In an effort to develop and integrate new policies and procedures to create a more inclusive, supportive, and diverse college community, North Central Texas College (NCTC) has promoted Dean of Health & Sciences Dr. Bonita Vinson to Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This is an inaugural position for the College.

With the school joining the Achieve the Dream (ATD) Cohort in 2018, Dr. Vinson’s new position is a key element in NCTC working towards helping marginalized and underrepresented students by removing the barriers detrimental to their success.

“It is exciting that NCTC leadership is taking bold steps to recognize and address gaps in equity and student achievement,” said Vinson, “as well as identifying and addressing the underlying institutional and systemic contributing factors.”

Dr. Vinson has been actively involved with college equity, policy development, and diversity & inclusion efforts over the last 28 years. She has worked side-by-side with ATD to not only help build a more culturally diverse institution, but uncover student achievement gaps within educational spaces.

Her accomplishments have helped bring in over a quarter million dollars in grant money for marginalized and underrepresented students, and her guidance has helped serve multiple identity-based organizations in higher education. She’s also been responsible for hosting job fairs with employers who value recruitment and employment of diverse populations.

Achieving the Dream is a national, nonprofit network that is committed to improving student success. The organization’s efforts go beyond securing personal goals, to bolster economic growth for families, close achievement gaps, and change lives. ATD’s vision is to ensure low-income students and students of color, achieve academic success, economic opportunities, and personal growth. Achieving the Dream leads the largest network of community colleges with over 277 institutions spread across 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Alongside NCTC faculty, staff, and administration, Dr. Vinson will lead the college in examining current college programs to develop a cohesive district-wide equity plan. This plan will help create a supportive work and learning environment, and eliminate equity gaps in student achievement across the College.

“I am blessed to be part of such a forward-thinking group of administrators, faculty and staff who are committed in moving the needle forward toward impacting positive change for NCTC and the communities we serve,” said Vinson.