Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Life, Duquesne University
Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Jeff's research interests focus on galvanizing the appropriate resources to create sustained, pre-college minority STEM programs to incorporate effective teaching, provide financial resources and create a pipeline for students to enter into institutions of higher education as they pursue degrees in natural sciences related fields.
Jeff Mallory is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and also the Deputy Coordinator of Title IX at Duquesne University. Jeff arrived to Duquesne University from Saint Vincent College, where he previously served as the Coordinator of Campus and Multicultural Student Life and Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach. At St. Vincent, he earned a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and M.S. in Business Management: Operational Excellence.
Before his start in higher education, Jeff played basketball professionally in Spain. Living in Spain piqued Mallory's interest in multicultural affairs. He was intrigued with helping others as a result of living abroad, in a different country and culture than what he had previously known. Passionate about giving back to others, the multicultural aspect of higher education has given Jeff and his family enormous opportunities to help others in their respective pursuits.
At Duquesne, Jeff is responsible for providing overall leadership and guidance to the Office of Diversty and Inclusion. He is also responsible for the supervision of all programs and services including clubs and organizations under the office umbrella and for providing university guidance, as needed, on all things related to diversity and inclusion. He also leads community outreach efforts to youth by building partnerships and by guiding Duquesne students to mentor children in the 4th through 6th grades who live in conditions that place them at risk.
Active in the community, Jeff serves on the Board of Directors for Tickets For Kids Charities, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA, Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) and as Vice-Chair of The Shyne Awards Foundation. Jeff is also the Co-Founder of the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium (GPHEDC), which brings together diversity professionals from all higher education institutions throughout Greater Pittsburgh.
Mentored by: Dr. James (Jim) Denova
Vice President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Dr. Denova holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work with a concentration in social research. He has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration and philanthropy. Prior positions include: Research Director for the Community College of Beaver County, Vice President of Research & Planning for the United Way of Allegheny County, Senior Program Officer for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and Executive Director of The Forbes Fund.
As Vice President with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Dr. Jim Denova's primary responsibilities include program development and grantmaking in the areas of education and economic development. Founded in 1944 by oil and gas entrepreneur Michael Benedum and his wife Sarah, both West Virginians, to memorialize their son, Claude, who died in 1918 at age 20. They expressed the wish that grantmaking be focused in West Virginia and Pittsburgh, their native and adopted homes. The Foundation has authorized grants totaling over $380,000,000 over the years.
Dr. Denova is a member of the Remake Learning Council a blue-ribbon commission of distinguished leaders from the education, government, business and civic sectors working together to support teaching, mentoring, and design -- across formal and informal educational settings -- that spark creativity in kids, activating them to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for navigating lifelong learning, the workforce, and citizenship.
Jim has consulted with other nonprofit organizations in the areas of program evaluation and strategic planning, and has publications that include school-based health services, adult education, and nonprofit management. He serves on the Advisory Council of the West Virginia Department of Education's 21st Century Learning Initiative, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Advisory Committee, and the University of Pittsburgh's Institute of Politics Board of Fellows.