My name is Dimitra Jackson and I am a Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Associate in the Office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP).
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff. Upon graduation, I began the Masters Program at Iowa State University.
I received my Masters of Education Degree with a specialization in Student Affairs in December 2005 from Iowa State University. While obtaining my degree I worked as a Program Specialist in the office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA). I worked with the Carver Academy where I taught Diversity classes as well as implemented and evaluated many of the programs and activities that were offered through MSA. After finishing my Masters degree, I worked for a year at Kaplan University in Chicago, Illinois as an Academic Advisor. I worked with traditional and nontraditional students in paralegal studies. I then returned to Iowa State University to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration.
During my first year in the doctoral program I worked as a Family Interaction Analyst for the Institution for Social and Behavioral Research (ISBR) at Iowa State University. I coded family interactions using the Iowa Behavior Scales. For the past 2 years, I have been working in the Office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP) as a Graduate Research Associate. I am currently working on a National Science Foundation funded project entitled the Pathway2STEM Project. I am involved with the website development, video development (Interviewing and Focus groups) and the development of the Transfer Student Guide. I am also co-working on a quantitative research project entitled "Community College Student Athlete Survey." I am the lead developer of the survey, administer of the survey and I am a collaborator of the analysis of the data using SPSS.
Research Interest My research interests are focused on individuals of color in STEM fields. I am both interested in students of color pursing advanced degrees in STEM areas as well as faculty of color in STEM fields at predominately white institutions. I have recently become interested in exploring this same population but investigating those individuals who have an Associate degree.