New Multicultural Affairs Director Arrives at Duquesne University
Jeff Mallory has been named director of multicultural affairs in Duquesne University's Division of Student Life, effective June 2. His primary responsibility is to help develop Duquesne's diverse student population by providing support services and opportunities for learning.
Mallory previously worked at his alma mater of St. Vincent College in multicultural student life and campus life the past four years. At St. Vincent, he earned a degree in public policy in 2006 and a master's in business management with a concentration in operational excellence in 2013.
The 6'11" Mallory played basketball professionally in Cordoba, Spain, for two years after graduating and playing on the St. Vincent team. When he returned to the United States, he served as the associate head coach of St. Vincent's basketball team for five years, in addition to his full-time duties in multicultural student life and campus life.
Living in Spain piqued his interest in multicultural affairs.
"I was very intrigued with helping others as a result of living abroad and in a different country and culture than what I had previously known," Mallory said. "I knew that I wanted to give back to others and the multicultural aspect in higher education has definitely given me a chance to help others in their respective pursuits."
He is initially impressed with the friendliness of the Duquesne campus culture and the self-contained campus located within a city. Through his years at St. Vincent, he is versed in Catholic higher education, and looks forward to developing and growing along with the students.
"Diversity is unique to the individual; it's a co-existing, nonjudgmental attitude about the differences among people," Mallory said. "Among other items, it comes down to the reflection and collective thought processes of your inner self.
"I can't wait for the programs to get underway; I am really looking forward to meeting all of the students, faculty and staff."
Mallory's first challenge is to prepare for the Office of Multicultural Affairs' program on Aug. 18 and 19, when incoming, multicultural students have the opportunity to engage in a vast range of planned activities before the campus-wide Orientation program.
"Everyone I've spoken to thinks really highly of Duquesne University community," said Mallory. "It's definitely heartwarming and nice to hear these thoughts from other people outside of the community."
A native of Bedford, Va., Mallory lives in Greensburg.
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