Facilitators

Tia Jackson-Truitt serves as inaugural director of Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's (IDEI) Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training. In this role, Jackson-Truitt is responsible for developing and leading diversity and inclusion curriculum-based training across Georgia Tech for faculty, staff, and students. 

Jackson-Truitt, who has worked at Georgia Tech since 2010, previously served as the associate director of the Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED) where she was responsible for a series of programs focused on the recruitment and retention of diverse students into undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to that, she worked in the mental health field with at-risk youth and as a forensic social worker for incarcerated populations.

Jackson-Truitt also serves as the Region B chairperson for the National Association of Multicultural Educational Program Administrators (NAMEPA) and is the principal empowerment officer for GRIOT, the Georgia Tech African-heritage Employee Resource Group.

She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware; her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania; and her doctorate in counseling and student support services from the University of Georgia.

Tia Jackson-Truitt, Ph.D., LSCW
Office: (404) 894-4879
tia.jackson@gatech.edu
 


 

Keona Lewis is the associate director for Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) Research and Evaluation. Working directly with Archie Ervin, vice president for IDEI, she oversees all research, program assessment, and evaluation for the unit.

She develops and leads programs and projects that increase Georgia Tech’s capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion related curriculum for faculty, staff and students, including facilitating workshops, meetings and trainings on various topics.

Lewis earned her doctoral degree in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida, where she focused on human variation, the social construction of race and its various impacts on the human condition. She has worked as an adjunct professor teaching both anthropology and criminology courses as well as created student programming that increased access and opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM. She s an educator and mentor having worked with students at all levels including both high and lower-achieving students.

Her current research interests include ethnicity and education, with specific concentration on African American identity construction and academic and professional aspirations.

Keona Lewis, Ph.D.
Office: (404) 894-1604
keona.lewis@gatech.edu