News Release from Linn-Benton Community College
Distributed Friday, Nov. 19, 9:18 a.m.
Linn-Benton Community College has announced the hiring of Jason J. Dorsette as its new Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Dorsette will begin the position on January 10th, and will be charged with continuing the college’s vision to become a college of choice for diverse students and employees.
“This is a key position for us,” said LBCC President Lisa Avery. “As a community college, our mission is built on a foundation of ‘education for all,’ and I believe Jason’s skills will help us continue to advance that mission into action. Jason brings a wealth of leadership experience to this role, both through his career path and in his involvement with the community, and we are delighted he has chosen to join our team at this critical time.”
Dorsette comes to LBCC from Oregon State University where he is serving as the Associate Director of the Educational Opportunities Program, working to assess the ways in which OSU promotes equity and diversity in all of its programs. Prior to this role, he has served as senior associate director and chief of staff, and as interim executive director, in the Office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement. In addition, Dorsette has focused a portion of his time at OSU specifically on working with community college students of color who are transferring into the university. He serves as a faculty member in OSU’s transfer student transition course, and teaches in the African American Studies program for undergraduates and in the College Student Service Administration program at the graduate level. Dorsette himself began his higher educational path as a first-generation student at a two-year college in North Carolina.
Previous to his positions at OSU, Dorsette served as the Inaugural Director of the Centennial Scholars Program & Minority Initiatives at North Carolina Central University, as well as held other positions of leadership in student affairs at NCCU.
An established leader in the Mid-Willamette Valley, Dorsette currently serves as local president of the Corvallis-Albany NAACP Branch. He is also an advisory board member of the Community Services Consortium in Albany, the lead consultant for the Willamette Valley Regional Racial Equity Group (working with local school districts), and an advisory board member of the Imagine Corvallis Action Network.
“I look forward to working alongside President Avery, other college leaders, our distinguished faculty, staff, and students, to ensure that we are doing everything that we can to ensure that everyone feels welcomed, valued, and appreciated at LBCC,” said Dorsette. “I am confident that we will continue to make LBCC a destination college where ‘dreamers develop’ and everyone has the opportunity to thrive and manifest their dreams and aspirations.”
Jason is currently a PhD candidate in OSU’s Educational Policy and Equity program, and holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Middle Grade Education, from North Carolina Central University.