Monica Johnson is university director of diversity education and cross-cultural engagement and director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University Bloomington, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. For the entirety of her career, she has been active nationally in issues dealing with access and success in higher education.
Johnson has led many presentations and workshops centered on the recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented students and marginalized professionals for a plethora of conferences (i.e. National Association for College Admission Counseling, The College Board, the ACT, The Center for Leadership Development, and National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education). She serves as a chair of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education.
She received her bachelor’s degree in African and Diaspora studies from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree in higher education administration from Mississippi College. She is currently completing her doctoral work as a Social Justice Fellow in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Her research centers on the existence, persistence and resistance of Black women in American higher education.
Areas of Expertise
Recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented students and marginalized professionals; persistence, resistance and success of marginalized groups within higher education; race, social justice, existence, persistence and resistance of Black women in American higher education, with an acute focus on other-mothering, Black culture in higher education.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center: https://diversity.iu.edu/contact/people/program-directors/johnson.html
TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_johnson_the_truth_about_black_women_and_trees
Culture Center Tea Talks: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=939960019853029