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Jacqueline Peterson, Providence College Office of Institutional DIversity


Jacqueline Peterson

Special Advisor to the President

Jacqueline (Jackie) Peterson joined Providence College in 2018 as a consultant on diversity, to provide interim leadership and oversight for the College’s Office of Institutional Diversity. In this role, Ms. Peterson works closely with the President’s Cabinet, especially with the Office of Mission and Ministry, and engages other key partners in the oversight and development of a clearer vision and strategic plan for diversity for use by a future vice president of institutional diversity, as well as for the staff, in the Office of Institutional Diversity’s day to day operations.

Ms. Peterson brings to the College over thirty years of experience in higher education. In 2017, she retired as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the College of Holy Cross after a 20-year career there. Previously, Ms. Peterson held the same position for four years at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She began her career in higher education at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY where she held several positions over a ten year span, the last of which was special assistant to the president/chief diversity officer.

Ms. Peterson holds a B.A. in Psychology form St. John Fisher College, an M.S. in Education from Nazareth College, and has completed course requirements for a Ph.D. with a focus on Urban and Environmental Studies from RPI. She also served as a commissioner of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).


Quincy Bevely, Providence College Office of Institutional DiversityQuincy A. Bevely

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Diversity

Quincy A. Bevely joined the PC community in July 2016 as the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Cultural Education. Also, serving as a Title VI and Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Mr. Bevely transitioned to the role of Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity March 2019. Mr. Bevely has a background in Student Affairs, specifically working in Housing and Dining Services at Kansas State University for 4 years and the Dean of Students Office at Providence College for close to 3 years.

Mr. Bevely brings to the Office of Institutional Diversity an array of blended experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Mr. Bevely has taught and facilitated courses in the Global Studies department and Elementary and Special Education (ESE) department. Outside of the classroom, he is passionate about supporting underrepresented college students in their pursuit of higher education. Mr. Bevely has advised various multicultural organizations, which include the following: The Peer Mentoring Program (PMP), Horizons, The Student Congress, Brotherhood, and the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA).

Mr. Bevely holds a B.A. in Psychology, a minor in Black Studies, an M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, and has completed course requirements for a Ph.D. in Counseling Student Development at Kansas State University.

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Dr. Shan Mukhtar

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Diversity and the Director of the Center @ Moore Hall

Dr. Shan Mukhtar joined the PC community in July 2018 as the inaugural director of the newly launched Center @ Moore Hall. She has an interdisciplinary scholarly and teaching background in American Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Writing and administrative experience in diversity and community engagement work.

Dr. Mukhtar joined PC with the goal of developing the Center @ Moore Hall into a robust creative, cultural, educational, and community space that promotes the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the College and builds stronger relationships between PC and its surrounding communities.


Cathy O'LearyCathy O’Leary

Executive Assistant

Cathy joined the Office of Institutional Diversity in 2014 , she brings over 30 years of administrative knowledge and experience to the College. Prior to joining Providence College, she served as the office administrator for Arpin Group in their international division, where she worked closely with management, staff members, and clients to support an efficient and successful operation. Cathy is responsible for the administrative operations of both, Office of Institutional Diversity and the Center @ Moore Hall and serves front-line resource for the division.