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New Student Convocation 2022 keynote speaker announced

By Marlon W. Morgan

In alignment with the 2022-2023 Campus Theme - Mental Health and Wellness: Awareness, Support, and Community Care - Jacquelyn D. Hallum has been chosen as keynote speaker for the New Student Convocation. The hour-long event will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 19.


Jacquelyn Hallum

New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university. This event brings together all new students to congratulate them in their decision to join the WCU community, celebrate their commitment to higher education, inspire them to succeed as new Catamounts and achieve degree completion. The hour-long event will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

Hallum is the director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the program director for the Minority Medical Mentoring Program (MMMP). She also serves on the leadership team for equity, diversity and inclusion.

Hallum is a native of Asheville and has been employed with MAHEC for more than 25 years. Her health care background spans nearly 40 years. She is an adept presenter in workforce equity, including microaggressions and social determinants of health. Hallum is an advocate for social, gender and economic justice and mentors youth, especially BIPOC youths with an interest in the health professions. She does whatever is necessary to help students and families achieve their goals.

Hallum, director of MAHEC’s Health Careers and Diversity Education, was honored with the Suzanne DeFerie Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s WomanUP Celebration hosted by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

She serves on the boards of Buncombe County Health and Human Services and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators and is president of the Asheville alumni chapter of NC A&T State University. Hallum has also served on the boards of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville City Board of Education, Asheville Housing Authority and the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.

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