Judy "JJ" Jackson (formerly Judy Jackson Pitts) has held a variety of positions in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) administration. She earned a BA in French language and literature in 1971 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an MA from Bucknell in 1990 in Francophone-African literature, geography and foreign policy.1 Jackson was director of the Office of Minority Education and associate dean of undergraduate education and student affairs at MIT from 1989 to 1994. Jackson resigned from MIT in 1994 to pursue a PhD in higher education administration at Harvard University.2 She returned to MIT to serve as ombudsperson during the 1996-1997 academic year.3 Later she became a special advisor to the provost, a position she held from 1998 to 2000. In 2016 she was named a diversity and inclusion officer at MIT. 4
Judy Jackson received the Boston Black Achiever Award in 1993.5 1. MIT News, “Jackson to Serve Part-Time as Ombudsperson This Year,” September 25, 1996, https://news.mit.edu/1996/jackson-0925. 2. Sarah Y. Keightley, “Jackson to Step Down As OME Head by Sept.,” The Tech, April 15, 1994, http://tech.mit.edu/V114/N21/jackson.21n.html. 3. MIT News, September 25, 1996. 4. MIT News, “JJ Jackson Joins MIT as Diversity and Inclusion Officer,” May 4, 2016, https://news.mit.edu/2016/jj-jackson-joins-mit-diversity-and-inclusion-officer-0504. 5. MIT News, September 25, 1996.