November 21, 2014
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) announced that Golden Jackson, PhD, has been promoted to Assistant Dean for Service Learning and Community Affairs.
Dr. Jackson joined AUC in 2012 as Director of Service Learning and Community Affairs. Her role is to work with faculty, students, and community groups to support the design of service projects that contribute to community priorities and to the academic enrichment of AUC students.
Ronald Testa, PhD, dean of medical sciences, lauded Dr. Jackson’s dedication to serving the common good while strengthening the education of AUC physicians-in-training. “She has developed mutually rewarding partnerships with local organizations and government entities,” he said. “This has created valuable serving-learning and volunteering opportunities for our students while assisting projects led by the St. Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour, and organizations such as the Diabetes Foundation.”
Dr. Jackson has considerable experience in the community-based and academic service-learning field. Prior to joining AUC, she developed the service-learning initiative at Ohio State University, resulting in recognition from US News and World Report. “I experience real joy in bringing together students, community and faculty as learners and teachers focused on a community priority,” she said. “When it all comes together – when the learning is palpable, when we realize positive outcomes for both community and students, when people from diverse backgrounds and training work together effectively, and when we achieve sustainability and growth – then I am in the zone.”