Known as a STEM diversity and inclusion thought leader and advocate, Jacqueline M. Gatson (Ed.D.) has more than a decade of experience conceptualizing and managing nationwide programming, engagement initiatives, and strategic partnerships for higher education.
As the Assistant Vice President of Advancement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Purdue for Life Foundation, Jacqueline designs, leads, and directs a broad range of Advancement initiatives that support engagement and development strategies to fulfill the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities. She directly oversees and supports fundraising activities, foundation relations, industry partnerships, and community partnerships aimed at increasing representation and access for diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Prior to joining the Purdue for Life Foundation, Jacqueline was the Associate Director for Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program (MEP). In addition to creating and implementing multiple new programs and offerings during her tenure, she also founded and led the Purdue College of Engineering’s award-winning “We Support Black Engineers” campaign that launched during the Fall 2020 semester.
In 2020, Jacqueline received the New Employee Award from the College of Engineering. She is also the 2021 recipient of the Purdue Black Graduate Student Association’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes those who have made significant and sustained contributions to Black Higher Education within the State of Indiana.
Jacqueline received her bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University. She holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate from Kansas State University, where she served in numerous roles prior to her arrival at Purdue. Jacqueline is also a professional member of the American Society for Engineering Education and a former board member of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates.