Dr. Paulette Ann Meikle-Yaw, assistant professor of Sociology and Community Development at Delta State University, has been selected as the Black History Month Educatory of the Year by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning’s (IHL) Black History Month Committee.
A member of Delta State Diversity Committee, Meikle-Yaw created and helped to implement the instrument for the Delta State campus diversity surveys for students and faculty. She has made critical contributions to several public diversity functions at Delta State including serving as a panelist in a number of diversity sessions at the annual Reaching Out to Mississippi Education in Action conference. She is also the founder and chair of the Gender Studies Group which conducted a survey of one hundred African American women in the rural community of Shelby, Miss. to explore the role of women in building social capital and community engagement.
Meikle-Yaw has authored/co-authored several articles and has presented or co-presented papers on diversity, women’s issues, and community development at regional and national conferences in Atlanta, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and in Grenada West Indies.
“Dr. Meikle-Yaw is a consummate professional and a wonderful role model for our students,” said Delta State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ann Lotven. “She is an excellent young faculty member both in working with and advising students as well as developing new courses. Her courses are very popular and have attracted very diverse and very highly motivated students. In the classroom she uses her Jamaican identity to introduce her students to diverse perspectives and cultural influences.”
Meikle-Yaw will be recognized at the IHL Board meeting in Jackson on Thursday, February 18.
“On behalf of the IHL Board, we offer our congratulations to Dr. Meikle-Yaw and the Delta State family,” said Dr. Betty H. Neely, chair of the Black History Month Committee.