Jacquelynn Rhodes, assistant vice president of university advancement, corporate and foundation relations at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently graduated as a Fellow from Leadership New Jersey. Leadership New Jersey is a program of the Partnership for New Jersey based in New Brunswick.
The program identifies, honors, informs and challenges emerging leaders from all sectors to create a strong, statewide network of people dedicated to making New Jersey a better place to live and work.
“I undertook the year-long challenge because the program addresses quality of life issues that are important to me,” says Rhodes, a resident of Scotch Plains. “Leadership New Jersey offered me invaluable opportunity to interact with and learn the different perspectives of a broad range of people,” says Rhodes. It also developed my knowledge of state-wide issues in areas of education, health and human services, economic and community development, criminal justice, race relations and the arts.”
Rhodes has worked at NJIT for almost a dozen years in the fund-raising arm of the university. Prior to coming to NJIT her career has focused on social and health-related services that encompassed administration, program development, community organizing and policy and planning. She has also been involved in many community service activities through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the nation’s first sorority for black college women.
(ATTENTION EDITORS: For an interview with Rhodes about her experiences working on the social service projects in New Jersey through Leadership New Jersey and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, please call Sheryl Weinstein at 973-994-3257.)
Rhodes received her bachelor’s degree in sociology as well a master’s degree in social sciences from Michigan State University. In addition, she holds her master’s degree in social work (MSW) in administration, policy and planning from Rutgers University. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ASCW) and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).
Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and servesall mankind through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.
In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by black college women at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The founder, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri, viewed the sorority as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life. Through the years, the sorority has become the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation, and the world.