“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson
Jessika Chi’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in her years of experience advancing diversity initiatives, advocating with marginalized and underrepresented groups, and providing social justice education. She pursues this commitment because she knows diversity creates the best environment and because inclusion speaks to our highest ideals.
Skilled with curriculum design and developing high-impact workshop and trainings, she creates educational opportunities designed to equip educators and organizational leaders with the skills, tools, and pedagogical practices needed in order to be more inclusive and effective educators and leaders. She works to empower people with the skills to be change agents in creating diverse and equitable communities.
As a former first generation college student of Color herself, Chi understands the importance of creating an inclusive campus climate and currently works to develop initiatives designed to support the recruitment, transition, and retention of historically underrepresented students, staff, and faculty in higher education. She currently works at Reed College in the Office for Institutional Diversity to help implement systems and infrastructure to support, encourage, and promote institutional vision and strategy towards the college’s commitment to being a diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, and working environment. She collaborates with campus administrators and stakeholders to create and fulfill strategic plans for an inclusive campus environment where all community members can thrive.
Jessika Chi serves on the Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Board of Directors as the Director of Business Operations. OWHE provides women in higher education across the state of Oregon opportunities to connect, network, mentor, receive mentorship, build capacity, and grow professionally. Chi also serves on the Region 5 Advisory Board for NASPA, the professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Jessika Chi lives by her motto: “challenge the status quo in favor of wild dreams – and don’t ever settle for anything less.”
University of the Pacific
Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership
with an Emphasis on Student Affairs (2013)
Southern Methodist University
Bachelors in Political Science and English (2010)
Select Training and Professional Development
From Unconscious Bias to Emotional Intelligence: Personal and Organizational Transitions facilitated by Dr. Anita Rowe and Dr. Donna Stringer. Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. Portland, OR. July 2016.
Toward a More Inclusive Pedagogy: Strategies for Disrupting Diversity Politics and Enhancing Student Success facilitated by Dr. Lori Patton Davis. Reed College. Portland, OR. September 2015.
The Racial Climate on Campus: Best Practices for Education, Response, and Adjudication facilitated by Dr. Rev. Jamie Washington. July 2015.
Let’s Get Real about Racism: Facilitating Tough Conversations facilitated by Lee Mun Wah. NASPA Multicultural Pre-Institute Workshop. Las Vegas, NV. December 2013.
Listen to the Silence Conference: From Social Media to Social Justice. Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA. February 2013.
VISIONS Social Justice Training. University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA. December 2012.
Intercultural Development/Intercultural Competence Training. University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA. August 2011.
SafeZone Facilitator Training. University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA. September 2011.
Select Presentations and Facilitations
Hiring for 2050: Building a Diverse Faculty, One Search at a Time. National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). San Francisco, CA. June 2016.
“Honorary Whites:” The Impact of Whiteness on Asian American Identity Formation and Asian American Students in Higher Education. Portland Community College’s Whiteness History Month. Portland, OR. April 2016.
Diversity and Cultural Competency Training. Washington State University-Everett. Everett, WA. February 2016.
Towards an Inclusive Work Environment. The Bus Federation Portland Staff. Portland, OR. November 2015.
Advancing Women in Leadership. Reed College Leadership & Involvement Series. Portland, OR. October 2015.
A Culturally Humble Approach to Deconstructing Bias. Lewis & Clark Leadership Conference. Portland, OR. March 2015.
Party Like a Culturally Appreciative (Not Appropriative) Rockstar! National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) West Conference. Portland, OR. November 2014.
Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity. Facilitator. Lewis & Clark College. September 2014.
LeaderShape Institute. Cluster Facilitator. Oregon Campus Compact. Eugene, OR. August 2014.
Intent vs. Impact. Emerging Engineering Leadership Symposium. University of California-Berkeley. April 2012.
BaFa BaFa: Intercultural Competence Training. Staff Training. University of the Pacific. March 2012.