Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, pioneering educator, museum professional, advocate, and author is coming to Shasta College! Join us on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. This event is presented in partnership with The McConnell Foundation and the Women's Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. Tickets are FREE and can be found here (https://johnnetta-cole.eventbrite.com).

Dr. Cole has achieved many firsts: she was the first African American female President of Spelman College, the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Board of United Way of America, the first woman appointed to the board of Coca Cola Enterprises, and the only person to serve as the president of both historically black colleges for women in the United States.

Dr. Cole additionally served as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for eight years. She is currently Senior Consulting Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Principal Consultant with Cook Ross, Inc.  She is also a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Notably, Dr. Cole is the current National Chair of the National Council of Negro Women, an advocacy organization with more than 2 million members focusing on women’s rights, civil rights, and education.

She began her higher education in an early entrance program at Fisk University, and completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in African Studies from Northwestern University. Throughout her career, Dr. Cole has addressed issues concerning Africa and the diaspora. In her published work, speeches, and community service, she often speaks to issues of racial, gender, and other systems of inequality.

She has authored and edited several books and numerous articles for scholarly and general audiences, and is the recipients of numerous awards and 69 honorary degrees.

Dr. Cole is married to James D. Staton, Jr.  She is the mother of three sons and one stepson.  She has three grandchildren and is a mentor to many young women and men.