Jacinta R. Saffold


Jacinta R. Saffold

Hip Hop Researcher

   Black Literature Scholar

        Diversity Administrator



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I am a Mellon ACLS Public Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities where I serve as the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success.  In addition to building Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers across the country, I am writing my first academic manuscript Books and Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop.



For the past ten years, I have been researching and providing administrative services at the critical intersection of race, gender, and culture. With a background in African American Studies, Black Feminist research, and liberal arts administration, I have a thorough understanding of the current state of higher education and how to support students academically and socially.


Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize.
— Chimamanda Adichie