Franklin College has appointed Maegan Pollonais director of its Center for Diversity and Inclusion. She previously served as director of student diversity and inclusion at Manchester University. Part of her responsibilities included managing the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assisting in developing and retaining students of color and international students. Pollonais also served as director of Schwalm Hall, which houses upper-level undergraduate students.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, she earned her bachelor’s degrees in sociology and music from State University of New York. Pollonais earned her master’s degree in music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she was the recipient of the Winifred O. Stone Presidential Scholarship, an initiative designed to recruit the best and brightest graduate students. Pollonais earned her doctoral degree in music with a concentration in educational psychology from Ball State University. While there, she served as a graduate assistant for the Ph.D. Pathways Program in the Office of Institutional Diversity, a mentoring program that matches high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with faculty and professional staff.