Topic: Curie and Catalyst-Engineering Outreach Programs for Girls who Dream Big
DiOnetta Jones currently serves as the Director of Diversity Programs for the Cornell University College of Engineering. The Diversity Programs office operates programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels to facilitate the outreach, recruitment, retention, and overall success of underrepresented minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups in Engineering. Ms. Jones plays a critical role in ensuring that the College and the University develop a more diverse student and faculty population.
Prior to accepting her position at Cornell, she served as the Director of Education, Training, and Outreach for the National GEM Consortium from 2001-2005. Her position at GEM was integral to the development of partnerships and collaborations with organizations committed to graduate school education for underrepresented students, and she was a key player in the development and implementation of GEM’s strategic plan for outreach/recruitment, program development, and training.
Before joining GEM, for almost 11 years, she worked with the California Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program
She currently serves as National Scholarship Chair for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, Inc. (NAMEPA) and as the Director for Diversity Advancement for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, Inc. (WEPAN). She is also the National Treasurer for the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). She maintains local and national affiliations with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Ms. Jones holds a BA Degree in Communications from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and a MA Degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has also completed post-graduate course work in Education Administration and Theology. Ms. Jones is a trained facilitator in Effective Mentoring, Diversity Awareness, Career Planning, College Preparation, Leadership, and Networking.