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Jennifer “Jenny” Reichart currently serves as the inaugural Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois.

In this capacity, she serves as a as a regional thought leader, coordinator of organizational and professional development programming, and the college’s compliance officer.  In her previous position as Faculty Development Specialist and Inclusion Ambassador in the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy at the University of North Dakota, she coordinated large-scale DEIB initiatives such as book studies, faculty institutes, panel discussions, and symposia.  Jenny has worked in higher education as a staff manager, faculty member, faculty developer, educational consultants, senior-level administrator, and executive leader for fifteen years.  She has carved several niches for herself including everything from leading large-scale DEIB events to digital badging and micro-credentialing initiatives.  Her work focuses on holistic staff, faculty, and student development. She is a trauma-informed care and instruction practitioner and a certified emotional intelligence coach.  Her research explores the ways in which different forms of trauma and institutional betrayal affect students, staff, and faculty in highly complex situations and systems in higher education.