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New VP of Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announces the appointment of Dr. Joi D. Lewis as vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer. Lewis currently serves as dean of student life at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She begins her duties at MCTC in early July.

Dr. Joi LewisIn her new role at MCTC, Lewis will oversee the planning, operation and administration of the College’s student affairs division and serve as the college’s chief diversity officer, reporting to the president. She will lead efforts to strengthen college readiness among entering students and transform internal support, resources and processes that lead to student retention and graduation. She held similar positions at Macalester College in St. Paul and has published and presented nationally and internationally on issues related to student development theory, diversity and social justice, cultural capital, sense of belonging, student retention and higher education transformation.  

As the senior student affairs officer, Lewis will provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for all functions related to student recruitment, enrollment and retention; academic and transfer advising and counseling; student life and student services, including multicultural student services, services for students with disabilities and career and job placement services; and TRiO programs at one of the State’s largest, urban two-year colleges.  

“Joi is a transformative, innovative leader with knowledge and experience leading talented teams in a diverse, urban college environment, including serving as chief diversity officer and associate dean of students at Macalester College in St. Paul,” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “We are looking forward to welcoming her to our campus and back to the Twin Cities.”

As dean of student life at Mills College, she oversees several units and programs at the independent, liberal arts college, located in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Joi, as students fondly call her, leads efforts designed to strengthen the diverse campus community and works closely with faculty and staff on issues of advising, retention and persistence to graduation. Lewis earned a doctoral degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of science degree in higher education administration from Iowa State University.

“I am thrilled to be returning to the Twin Cities to become a member of the MCTC community,” Said Lewis. “It is a tremendous honor to join the committed staff and faculty in the important work of developing MCTC students’ brilliance and determination as they increase their life chances and choices, and transform their families and communities.”