Jayson Douglas serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership. In this role, he provides strategic vision, oversight and development for curricular and co-curricular office programs and initiatives. In the City of Commerce, Jayson serves as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission to provide more equitable solutions for advancing the developmental landscape of the community. As a first-generation American and college graduate from Baltimore, Maryland, he has been an active advocate for social justice, equity and inclusion within the field of higher education. His professional career has been spent managing and developing programs within a higher education setting to combat the problematic enrollment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented student populations.
A Conversation with Jayson Douglas
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
At A&M-Commerce, we will challenge you to stretch beyond your present capacities and become an active partner in your education. You will also be given opportunities to develop your leadership potential, to explore the world beyond the classroom and the campus through various opportunities. Your personal and academic growth are at the center of this institution. Should you be new to the community or a long time Lion, you will be both challenged and supported here.
What makes you passionate about Intercultural Engagement and Leadership?
My passion about intercultural engagement and leadership stems from the opportunity to assist students in finding their passion, acknowledging their purpose, and advising them to persist despite obstacles and challenges. There is a sense of fulfillment when I am able to help students discover who they are and unlock their purpose to create systemic change in their communities. It is more than just a job for me.”
What do you like most about your career?
As an educator, I get to help students charter unchartered territory within themselves to grow in ways they haven't imagined. It brings me great joy to help students accomplish their goals and dreams along the path towards graduation.
- Professionals Certificate, Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University, 2020
- Graduate Certificate, Corrections Leadership, University of Central Florida, 2018
- M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida , 2018
- B.A., Political Science, Bethune-Cookman University, 2015
Honors and Awards
- Texas Association of Black Professionals In Higher Education Honors Awards – November 2020
- Most Valuable Lion- January 2021
- Vice-Chair for Equity, ACPA Coalition for Sexuality & Gender Identities – 2020-Present
- Title IX Investigator, 2020- Present