DiOnetta Jones Crayton is the Associate Dean in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Director of the Office of Minority Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dean Crayton plays a critical role in ensuring that the Institute develops and supports the overall success of all students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups. Prior to this appointment, she was the Director of Diversity Programs for the College of Engineering at Cornell University. She previously served as Director of Education, Training and Outreach at The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM). Before joining GEM, she held the position of Statewide Associate Director for California’s Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement Schools Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She also served as Director of the MESA Schools Program and the MESA Engineering Program at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Dean Crayton is affiliated with many educational and technical organizations, and she holds several national positions including Director for Diversity Advancement for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, Inc. (WEPAN); National Treasurer for the Institute for Broadening Participation; Member of the Massachusetts’ Governor’s Diversity Subcommittee on STEM; and she is the former National Secretary for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, Inc. (NAMEPA). She also maintains local and national affiliations with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dean Crayton holds a BA Degree in Communications from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and a MA Degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has also completed post-graduate course work in Education Administration and Theology. Dean Crayton is also a licensed minister.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.