The University of Iowa

Commitment to Internationalization Series to host Dr. Jewell Green Winn - Nov. 18

October 6th, 2021

Dr. Jewell Green Winn

Dr. Jewell Green Winn is the eighth speaker in the Commitment to Internationalization lecture series, continuing our conversation about the UI's vision and strategic themes for campus internationalization. Her talk, "Where I Come From: Leading Campus Internationalization Without Walls," will be on November 18, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., in room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. This lecture will also be made available via Zoom

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted higher education beyond what any of us could have imagined. The challenges for some appeared insurmountable. Yet, Dr. Winn has observed an amazing resiliency among her colleagues; regardless of where they came from, they were determined to lead—lead without walls. This new normal forced us to create new structures and processes which allowed us to make many meaningful, lasting connections. And as many of us agreed, there will be a ‘next normal’—whatever that may be—we must keep the walls down and lead with vision, courage, and hope.

Dr. Jewell Green Winn has over thirty-five years of experience in education. She provides leadership to the Office of International Affairs at Tennessee State University as the Senior International Officer, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Winn holds Doctorate of Education, Master of Public Administration, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. 

During the early years of her career, she experienced many ‘firsts’, which prompted her to advocate for more inclusion of women in leadership roles across disciplines.  She co-founded the inaugural Women’s Center on the campus of Tennessee State University while helping to launch an annual awards dinner recognizing women excelling in their respective fields.  She recently co-authored an anthology entitled—Truth Be Told:  Narratives from the Souls of Black Women—an empowering but emotional publication that allowed women of color to share their untold stories. 

Winn’s advocacy efforts did not end with women.  She has a unique passion for underrepresented groups—particularly youth.  She co-founded a non-profit organization that explored discipline disparities towards vulnerable students and realized there was a need to emphasize restorative practices by providing academic, music, and sports enrichment as an intervention to needy students locally and abroad.  This commitment to equity and inclusion led her to being selected to join and lead some of Nashville’s most prominent and engaged community organizations that support P-20 education, diversity and inclusion, and global outreach. 

Her research interests include the intersection of diversity and international affairs, global strategies for minority-serving institutions, cultural competence in theory and practice, and the acculturation of international students.  She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters relative to diversity and internationalization efforts at HBCUs.  She is a member of Diversity Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Association of International Education Administrators, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, and other civic/social organizations. She also serves on the board for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Association of International Education Administrators, the African Diaspora Nation, the Tennessee Diversity Consortium, and Alignment Nashville.

The University of Iowa encourages the use of face masks and social distancing while on campus.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at, 319-335-3862.