Staff

Dr. Safiya R. Omari

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Director

Jackson State UniversityCenter for University Scholars Work P.O. Box 17091 Jackson State University Jackson MS 39217 United States of America Phone: 601 979-6951 Work Fax: 601 979-6950
Biography:

Safiya Omari, Ph.D. is the director of the JSU Center for University Scholars. An associate professor of social work and health sciences, Omari is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Recently, she served as chief of staff to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Dr. Omari earned the doctorate in experimental social psychology from Northeastern University. Her current research interests include mental health, effects of gender, race, and culture on health behaviors and psychological well-being, violence against women, and discriminatory stress.

Ms. Kenya A. Hudson

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Faculty Development Specialist

Jackson State UniversityCenter for University Scholars Work P.O. Box 17091 Jackson State University Jackson MS 39217 United States of America Phone: (601) 979-0691 Work Fax: (601) 979-6950
Biography:

Kenya Hudson provides logistical and operational support for most of the Center’s activities including the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement, the Faculty Engagement and Advancement Program and the Brown Bag Research Talks Series. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Jackson State University and a master of public policy at Pepperdine University.

Ms. Louise Vaughn

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Administrative Assistant

Jackson State UniversityCenter for University Scholars Work P.O. Box 17091 Jackson State University Jackson MS 39217 United States of America Phone: (601) 979-6949 Work Fax: (601) 979-6950
Biography:

Ms. Louise Vaughn processes travel grant applications, itineraries and reimbursements; graduate assistantship paperwork; and purchases for University Scholars. Ms. Vaughn manages the office and the Center’s budget and assists in the implementation of the Center’s programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Alcorn State University and a Master of Public Accountancy at Jackson State University. She was previously employed as an administrative assistant at the Jackson Heart Study project.