Racial Justice Trainers

Tiffnie JacksonTiffnie Jackson
Director of Racial Justice

As the daughter of a soil scientist, Tiffnie grew up in small towns throughout Minnesota. With her family often being the only Black people within their community, sometimes up to a 30 mile radius outside of it, she quickly learned to navigate racial differences which has uniquely positioned her as an active voice in discussions of racial equity.  She earned a Master of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Communications from Hope College.  Tiffnie has more than twenty years of leadership experience in higher education administration and non-profit organizations. She served at Trinity International University in various areas of its administration, culminating in becoming the first African-American woman to be named Dean of Students at the predominantly white institution and the youngest dean in the school’s history.

As a part of the Mankato community, Tiffnie has been actively involved in education and strategic planning through her volunteer commitments as a Promoting Respect Workshop facilitator with the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, as a Racial Justice facilitator through the YWCA, It’s Time to Talk, and as a selected participant within the Blandin Foundation’s Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities.

Tiffnie is a devoted educator in the areas of racial equity, leadership development, and identity formation. She has been a requested speaker throughout the United States, Kenya, and Congo.  She is passionately committed to equipping, positioning, and empowering leaders for maximum influence in a global society.