Diversity Orientation formally welcomes all incoming students and exposes them to the wide breadth of diversity that MIT offers. Students get to hear from national speakers and then break off into discussion groups with their peers that are facilitated by MIT faculty and staff. Below, you will find information about the national speakers.
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD. He is also a senior consultant with The Equity Consulting Group of California, and Elsie Y. Cross and Associates out of Philadelphia. Dr. Washington has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 20 years. He most recently served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He has been an instructor in Sociology, American Studies and Education, and an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at UMBC. As a native Philadelphian, Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Music from Slippery Rock State College, and a double Masters' of Science degree from Indiana University/Bloomington in Higher Education Administration and Counseling, with a concentration in Human Sexuality. He holds a Ph.D. in College Student Development, with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington completed his Master of Divinity program at Howard University School of Divinity in May of 2004. Washington has held leadership positions in ACPA, NASPA, ACHUO-I, MACUHO, MCPA, APA, NGLTF, The Campaign to End Homophobia and the Nation Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum. Dr. Washington is a Lead faculty member with the LeaderShape Institute and the National Certified Student Leader Program, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Delta Kappa, education Honorary, and a Life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He has over 30 years of experience in music ministry, is an ordained minister and currently serves as an Associate Minister at Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore. Rev. Dr. Washington sees himself as an instrument of change. He works everyday to help people find the best in themselves and others.
Jessica Pettitt draws from her rich and varied experiences to conduct specialized professional trainings. Her professional experiences include working in higher educational settings through Multicultural and LGBT Student Services. She has spoken professionally in academic and professional settings, has been a conference keynote speaker, and has even done stand-up comedy. Her expertise encompasses the topics of teamwork in the workplace, change implementation, staff development, group facilitation, cross-cultural communication, white privilege, social justice, intersections of marginalized identities, and specific communities like lesbian, gay, bisexual/fluidity, trans/gender variant, intersex condition, polyamorous relationships, and power dynamics. She specializes in audiences with a low level of knowledge around privilege and LGBT related issues. Jessica attended SJTI 2003 in Northampton, the first SJTI 2, and has moderated the listservs for the past few years for all of the class specific lists and the SJTI-ALL list. Jess has come aboard as the Administrative Coordinator to ask these questions and work through the administrative tasks efficiently as SJTI continues to offer SJTIs, SJTI2s, and the new SJTI student Component.