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Wilma JacksonDr. Wilma R. Jackson

Director, Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Doctorate in Education Leadership
Doane University
Masters in Education Curriculum and Instructor
Doane University
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Northeast Louisiana University

Dr. Jackson is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to coming to Lamar University, she served as Director of Multicultural Support Services at Doane University in Nebraska for over 18 years. Her legacy at Doane includes developing the first multicultural program and the first multicultural center. She is a long-time member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). NASPA is a network of 15,000 professionals, faculty, and students and 1,500 institutions coming together to support each other, overcome expanding challenges, and center student success in the evolution of higher education. In the role as Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence at Lamar University, she has continued her legacy as a trailblazer in diversity programming and education. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Lauren Wilson HeadshotLauren S. Wilson

Coordinator for Development-University Advancement Office

Masters in English
University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Arts in English
Lamar University

Lauren S. Wilson began her career in higher education in the field of English, with a research focus in Victorian literature through the lens of queer theory and a particular interest in queer temporality, presenting at several academic conferences and publishing in scholarly journals. During her assistantship at the University of South Carolina, Lauren served as an instructor and mentor in the classroom, writing center, and academic enrichment center on campus. Following her graduate program, Lauren served as a J-1 coordinator for incoming international internships at CIEE, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Maine, facilitating international education for students all across the globe. She now serves as the senior administrative associate for the Lamar University Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, where she plans and organizes events and programming which promote diversity, inclusivity, and equity on campus.

Andre Favors ImageAndre Favors

Instructor, Department of Communications, Lamar University

Masters in Communication
University of Louisiana - Lafayette
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
University of Louisiana - Lafayette

Andre Favors is an instructor in the Department of Communication at Lamar University. He both advises students in the department and teaches a variety of courses related to communication and media studies. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Memphis. He has presented at several academic and professional conferences and has published in The Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Technoculture, and The Critical Lede (a podcast). He is also the assistant editor of Technoculture and has previously served as its reviews editor. His research centers on media, technology, Southern, health, and LGBTQ studies and the intersections between these areas of investigation through the use of qualitative and critical/cultural approaches.

Ruth J Hearn Stanley Photo Ruth Hearn Stanley

Instructor, Department of Communications, Lamar University

M.A. in Communication and Leadership
Gonzaga University
M.Ed. in Speech and Hearing
Stephen F. Austin State University
B.S. in Speech and Hearing
Stephen F. Austin State University

With a background in both Communication Disorders and Communication, Ruth Stanley has long sought to help students struggling with communication issues. She developed a special section of Public Speaking for students with Communication Apprehension, which has helped countless students find their confidence in communicating with others. She also developed an online course, Exploring and Communicating Forgiveness, which deals with processing and communicating forgiveness for ourselves and with others. Additionally, Mrs. Stanley teaches Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Advanced Public Speaking. Mrs. Stanley believes that it is important to remember that we change our world with each and every interaction we have with others – for harm, or for good. It’s up to us which it will be.

Jennifer Ravey HeadshotJennifer Ravey

Director, Writing Center
Instructor, English and Modern Language

Master of Arts in English
Lamar University
Bachelor of Arts in English/Communications, Minor/Writing Certificate
Lamar University

Jennifer Ravey directs the Writing Center at Lamar University, where she works with students to acknowledge their learning and expertise while teaching them methods to communicate more clearly and professionally. Jennifer has taught in the Department of English & Modern Languages for 15 years and also serves as Managing Editor of the Review of Texas Books, an online book review publication at Lamar. She is an avid reader whose interests span from cozy mysteries to Pacific War nonfiction, and she has reviewed books for a number of online publications and been chosen as a judge for several book prizes, including the Audio Publishers Association Audie Awards and Lamar University's Center for History and Culture Annual Summerlee Book Prize. Alongside two colleagues, she was awarded the Presidential Fellowship in Teaching Innovation in 2014, and locally, she was named one of Beaumont's 40 Under 40 in 2016.

Dr. Tammy HendersonDr. Tammy Henderson

Professor, Department of Family Consumer Sciences

Ph.D.. in Human Development and Family Sciences
Oregon State University

Dr. Tammy L. Henderson, Professor in the Department of Family Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Development at Lamar University. Dr. Henderson conducts research in the area of family policy, law, and diversity. She completed her doctoral studies in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University and earned her other degrees from Louisiana State University. Previously she was a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

LU logo against red tree backgroundBrenda Dixon

Title IX Coordinator
Title IX, Training, Employee Relations, TWC Unemployment

Bachelor of Applied Science
Lamar University