Manchester University has promoted Maegan Pollonais to director of diversity and inclusion. She previously served as manager of day-to-day operations of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assists in developing and retaining students of color and international students.
Pollonais recently completed her doctoral degree in music, with a concentration in educational psychology, at Ball State University.
Her performance in 2018 at Ball State of Dominique Le Gendre’s Caribbean song cycle, Songs of the Islands, was its international premiere. In spring 2021, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra will offer the world premiere of the orchestrated version by Manchester Professor Debra Lynn. It will feature Pollonais and two Manchester graduates. Pollonais will give a pre-concert talk to educate listeners about the history of the Caribbean region and the significance and beauty of these songs.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Pollonais earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and music from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a master’s in music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.