Rankin & Associates joins the RW Jones Network of companies further expanding Rankin’s ability to help clients engage and communicate on essential conversations around campus climate.
Stephanie Danette Preston, PhD, leads The Pennsylvania State University Graduate School’s efforts to advance diversity and foster a welcoming climate for underrepresented groups as Senior Director of the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs (OGEEP).
Dr. Preston is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology (Chemistry) and Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Science education respectively. Upon completing her Master’s degree, Dr. Preston relocated to State College to pursue a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education at The Pennsylvania State University.
Prior to assuming her role as Senior Director, Dr. Preston worked as a consultant for the Educational Testing Service, served as a National Science Foundation/Math-Science Partnership (NSF/MSP) Postdoctoral Scholar in the College of Education, served as the Assistant Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, and worked as a high school teacher in Louisiana. Her current research interest focuses on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.