DISTRICT DIRECTOR – GREAT NORTHWEST

Bro. Jason Dorsette was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. through the Beta Theta Lambda Chapter on October 24th, 2009.

Jason J. Dorsette is a native of North Carolina who now resides in Salem, Oregon. Jason is a PhD candidate in Oregon State University College of Education Language, Educational Policy, and Equity program. His research interest includes issues of access and equity in the context of higher education informed by race, gender, and the interconnectedness of other social identities. Jason has worked in higher education for over a decade and has proven track record of making positive impacts on the lives of students, faculty, staff, and community members that he interacts with. He currently serves as the Chief Equity Officer & Executive Director at Linn- Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.

Jason received his BA degree in History and Middle Grade Education and MS degree in Public
Policy and Administration from North Carolina Central University. Jason has served in leadership capacities regionally, nationally, and internationally in several professional associations, as well as published and contributed to books and academic articles and journals.

Civically, Jason comes from a long family legacy of politically and socially involved relatives. Currently, Jason serves as the President of the Linn-Benton Counties NAACP Branch, Vice Chair of Board member for the City of Corvallis Imagine Corvallis Action Network (ICAN), Vice Chair of the Community Services Consortium Advisory Board—a state-designated community action agency that offers a wide range of programs and services that aims to support individuals that are experiencing housing issues, poverty, and food insecurities throughout various counties in Oregon.

Moreover, Jason is co-founder of SoulForce Education—a non-profit organization that provides organizations with transformative learning experiences and activities designed to promote, explore, and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion tenets and principles ranging from the
introduction of social change concepts and polices to specialized topics (e.g. implicit bias, racism, gendering, organizational culture and climate, etc.). During Jason’s spare time, which is rare, he likes to read academic journals and publications, talk about the Dallas Cowboys (his favorite NFL team), spend time with family, friends & fraternity brothers, travel and visit blogs focused on African American social issues and Black men’s health & wellness. One of his guilty pleasures is getting lost for hours surfing YouTube.