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JPS Board Member & Administrator Celebrated as Graduates of W.K. Kellogg Leadership Network Fellowship

August 27, 2021

Thea Faulkner Dr. Robert Luckett Jr.
Thea Faulkner Dr. Robert Luckett Jr.

Dr. Robert Luckett, Board Secretary, and Thea Faulkner, Director of Partners in Education, have completed an 18-month fellowship as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network, Class Two with the Center for Creative Leadership. This innovative fellowship for leaders is designed to promote a more equitable society in the United States. The fellowship program offers hands-on training, personalized coaching, community-based support, and practical project experiences designed to connect, grow, and lead transformational change on behalf of children, families, and communities.

Class Two of the fellowship was comprised of 80 community leaders from across the United States and sovereign tribes, with four cohorts of fellows from WKKF’s priority places of Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans, as well as one national U.S. cohort. This dynamic and diverse class included tribal leaders, elected officials, health practitioners, educators, youth mentors, businesspeople, attorneys, civil rights activists, conservation advocates, faith leaders, and more.

Dr. Luckett is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University. He was elected to serve on the current JPS School Board in 2017. 

Faulkner has been a parent educator and community advocate in Jackson since Hurricane Katrina moved her and her family to this area in 2005. She has served in the role of Partners in Education Director since 2015.

Over the course of a year and a half, fellows deepened their knowledge and skills for navigating today’s challenges, authentically engaging communities, and advancing racial equity and racial healing in communities. In addition, fellows become part of a vast network of 1,700-plus alumni, who collectively are working to effect systemic change.

Together, WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows move us forward to justice by bridging divides, encouraging new pathways for collaboration, and leading transformational change. The WKKF Community Leadership Network plays a vital role in nurturing local leaders and building strong, connected networks that can address today's challenges and create equity at the local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels.

Congratulations to the Class Two Graduates.