Master of Social Work - Policy Practice and Urban Studies - University of Connecticut, School of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy and Politics & Government - University of Hartford, College of Arts and Sciences
Llonia Rojan Jackson is Director of Cultural, Diversity, and Belonging for the University of Hartford. In her role, she is responsible for intentional DEIJB programming designed to support student learning and success. In fall 2021, Llonia expanded the Black Student Union (BSU) Book Fund to include a scholarship to assist students with critical needs not covered by financial aid. In its first six months, the scholarship fund raised over $16,000. She previously served in several significant roles across the University, including Director of Student Engagement and Inclusion, Director of Multicultural Programs, and Associate Director of Alumni Engagement.
Llonia serves as an instructor in the Success Team for Readiness, Improvement, Diversity, and Excellence (STRIDE) program. Through strategic tutelage and mentorship initiatives in the program, she supports Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx students achieve success during their first year of college and beyond. Llonia is an adjunct professor in the University Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Hartford and in the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut.
Before joining the University of Hartford in 2015, Llonia was the Assistant Director of Field Education at Adelphi University, where she directed the Hudson Valley Center, Master of Social Work Field Education program. Her prior work experience spans academia, nonprofits, government, and community relations. Llonia started her college career at the University of Hartford where she was a founding member of the BSU Book Fund, and one of 42 inaugural Hartford Scholars in 1990. Both programs, now under her leadership, are still thriving and have grown.
Llonia holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Hartford. She is a Licensed, Master Social Worker. Llonia regularly serves as a speaker and panelist on DEIJB, women's initiatives, student engagement, and higher education topics. In February 2022, Llonia was honored with the University of Hartford's Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Award. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice & Belonging
- Mental Health & Well-being
- Policy Research & Program Development