Advocacy • Altruism • Authorship

Dr. Jalin B. Johnson (she, her) learned early on that advocacy requires selflessness. Maintaining an active dedication to community service and volunteer work in various not-for-profit and charitable organizations has allowed her to remain committed to this principle.

As a mentor to local youth and as an advocate for women, communities of color and service members transitioning back into civilian life, she asserts her benevolence for those categorized as ‘underserved’ and ‘underrepresented,’ while focusing on community enrichment and service.

Her desire to offer a voice to the unheard has compelled altruistic efforts in her community, as the Creator and Executive Producer of Insufferable Academics and within the academy where she currently serves as Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer.

Dedicated to life-long learning and supporting her students, she has worn many hats that combine her leadership, guidance and academic acumen. In addition to serving as a standing member of her Institutional Review Board (IRB), she is a Dissertation Chair and Committee member at Brandman University, the University of LaVerne (ULV) and the University of Southern CA (USC).

In her prior role as a Faculty mentor, she had the privilege of serving as the lead facilitator of biannual Adjunct Faculty trainings, geared towards professional development and career education advancement. Her collaborative efforts in this area have been shared within interdisciplinary settings during presentations she has given with colleagues at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) conferences, and other educational settings. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to work with key stakeholders as an advocate for her peers while serving as Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC) Vice-Chair.

Her active role within her Public Administration, Human Resources, Organizational Leadership, and Competency Based Education (CBE) Curriculum teams, respectively, allowed her to continue her focus on diversity cognizant curriculum development. In addition to scripting and co-developing animated course content, focused on theory and inclusive representation, she has led trainings and facilitated sessions on the use of multiple modalities in course curriculum with a focus on perceptions of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

With an emphasis on universal design principles and the awareness of implicit social cognition as a framework for understanding student centered curriculum development (CD), she has facilitated professional development sessions and mentored others on CD.

This is also applied via her development of the Experience, Context & Perspective (ECP) framework (The International Journal of Diversity in Education).

Dr. Jalin notes that having a lucid understanding of the relationship between advocacy and social justice, and an awareness of privilege and DEI standards, adds introspective practices to this effort.

As a founding member of her institution’s DEI Steering Committee, she works with Faculty, staff, students and senior administration to advance the discussion and build upon grass roots efforts she has both championed and led. Through her work with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) BU virtual branch, she developed and facilitated the annual ‘Forum on Diversity and Inclusiveness,’ was elected the first Diversity Chair (serving as a branch Executive Board member) and was the inaugural Chair of the Committee on Diversity (CoD), each the first of their kind at the institution. Furthermore, she has served as the Keynote presenter for various programs and departments on DEI related topics, in addition to presenting and collaborating with other subject matter experts.

In recognition of many of her efforts, she was honored to receive the prestigious Chancellor’s C.A.F.E. Award (2014), the School of Business and Professional Studies Faculty of the Year Award (2015) and the overall University Faculty of the Year Award (2017).

In addition to authorship of the ‘Looking at Leadership’ blog series, she has offered her voice to social issues and has contributed to her field through conference presentations and collaborations via the following organizations:

Johnson earned her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Redlands, where she received the prestigious honor of being elected to the Whitehead Leadership Society. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.

As the architect of the Experience, Context & Perspective (ECP) framework which highlights how our lived experiences influence the context with which we view any given situation and thus, shape our perspectives, Dr. Jalin has come to understand how her past influences her present and shapes not only her future, but impacts the lives of those around her.

Through advocacy, altruism and authorship, she strives to always offer a voice to those in need, honoring the African proverb – “Until the lions have their own historians the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.