Jordan Bonner joins Delaware College Scholars as program director

Delaware News Desk
Delaware College Scholars recently welcomed Jordan Bonner as program director and community liaison.

Delaware College Scholars recently welcomed Jordan Bonner as program director and community liaison. 

Bonner, who received his master’s degree in psychology and education this spring from University of Cambridge in England, will be responsible for developing community partnerships on behalf of DCS and directing the three-week summer residential portion of the program. Additionally, he will serve as a resource for the freshman and sophomore college students, providing them personalized academic and financial advice throughout their college experience.

A graduate of the KIPP Charter School network and St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Bonner received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. While there, he served as captain of the men’s basketball team where he scored 1,000 career points, and was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year his senior year.

“Jordan is the embodiment of what we want for our program,” said DCS Executive Director Tony Alleyne. “To have his drive, energy, innovation and dedication full-time has already increased the capacity of DCS to a new height which is exciting for all of our scholars — past, current and future."

Bonner is already drawing on his global network to better position the DCS scholars for success. He has interviewed Eric Hutcherson, executive vice president and chief people and inclusion officer at Universal Music Group and former chief executive of human resources at the NBA, on the DCS podcast to discuss how he makes important career and life decisions. Bonner has also pulled together a group of women working in science, technology, engineering and math across the world to highlight the barriers they’ve encountered and successes they’ve had working at NASA and in academia.

Bonner was just selected to serve as a National College Attainment Network Advocacy Fellow, where he will engage in national policy discussion surrounding the Pell Grant, and has been selected for the 2021 Leadership Delaware class, where he will be prepared to achieve the highest levels of leadership. 

In addition to his role with DCS, Bonner is also serving as the first research associate at Virginia Union University’s Center for the Study of historically black universities. Here, his work is focused on fostering a space where creative, like-minded HBCU education scholars can connect and collaborate to rewrite the narrative, producing rigorous, evidence-based research to advocate for higher education issues that impact the nation’s HBCUs and vulnerable, underrepresented populations.

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