Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson has been in the education arena as an educator and administrator at both the high school and collegiate levels for more than sixteen years. As the director of Diversity and Engineering Education Outreach, she collaborates with constituencies across campus (student organizations, academic departments, research centers, undergraduate/graduate admissions, and financial aid) on initiatives that focus on under-represented populations (ethnic minorities, women, first generation students, etc.). She manages all undergraduate engineering transfer programs (over 45 partnering institutions and over 3,000 students), provides guidance to students to assist them with their academic, social, and professional success, and works with development directors to secure funding for the College. Also, she is responsible for the management of three institutional programs - National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) and the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP).
She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, enjoys spending leisure time with her husband, Micheal and their daughters, Blake and Bailey.
“Mrs. Jackie” (as she is known by most students) has served the Georgia Tech community for over twenty years. She joined the College of Engineering in 2009 and serves as the Corporate Liaison for the Engineering Education Outreach Office (EEO). Ms. Cox also manages the Summer Engineering Institute (a three-week residential program for rising 11th and 12th graders from across the nation). She brings with her an attitude of service and a unique ability to advocate, identify areas of need, and develop resources for any group of people she is charged with helping. Cultivating relationships and partnering with students, parents, teachers, the Georgia Tech community and our Corporate Partners allows her to be an active participant in the Engineering Education Outreach Office’s goal of "Engineering A Diverse Pipeline" by "Touching Lives Through Engineering."
Mrs. Tia Jackson-Truitt has been working in higher education for almost two years. She comes from a program management background in the social work field where she provided therapeutic services to various groups of clients including at risk youth, dually diagnosed adults, and providing forensic social work intervention to incarcerated individuals. From the social work field, she brings with her an attitude of service and a unique ability to advocate, identify areas of need, and develop resources for any group of people she is charged with helping. At GA Tech, she has worked as the Program Manager for an NSF funded Science and Technology Center, where she developed outreach activities for over 500 students in K-12 and managed a summer undergraduate research program on the campuses of GA Tech, MIT and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. In her current role in the Engineering Education Outreach office, she manages the GA Tech chapter of the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and oversees all of the on-campus recruiting activities, including daily Engineering Information sessions and Departmental spotlights.
A native of Dover, DE, she is an avid reader, cook, and karaoke singer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jabarr and daughter Saniya.