Inclusive Excellence Staff
Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott
Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott serves as a member of our Executive Staff. As the Chief Diversity Officer, she provides leadership to the Office of Inclusive Excellence and works closely with the Coalition on Racial and Social Justice.
In 1996, Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott became the inaugural director of African American Affairs and later held posts as the Dean of African American and Multicultural Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and the Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence. Through her expertise in inclusive excellence, she designed and directed the Ida B. Wells Living Learning Community, the PERSIST Scholars Program, the Ubuntu Mentoring Program and the Sista Friends Alumni Mentoring Program. Her work has helped to transform the diverse face of Mary Baldwin University.
Rev. Cornett-Scott started her career in higher education at Central State University as a Resident Hall Director. She served as the Director of Minority Affairs at Monmouth College and the Director of the Peer Helper Program at James Madison University.
Her work in student affairs is coupled with her passion for teaching. She has taught religious studies courses at Mary Baldwin University, James Madison University and Virginia Tech University. For the past twenty-five years, she has held a dual administrative/ faculty appointment at MBU supporting the Ministerial Studies and African American Studies minors.
Rev. Cornett- Scott attended Howard University and graduated from Morris Brown College receiving a BA in Spanish. Her undergraduate interests in language, anthropology, and ministerial studies prompted her to study in the Dominican Republic at Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. Throughout her educational journey, she has garnered a particular interest in the continuity of culture that is evident among people of the African Diaspora. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary.
Rev. Cornett-Scott is an ordained clergyperson in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During her ministerial tenure, she has served three congregations. Currently, she serves as the Dean of the Board of Examiners for the Virginia Annual Conference Board and the Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In these roles, she develops the training curriculum for African Methodist clergy within her region.
Cornett-Scott is an avid supporter of civic engagement and cross-cultural learning. One of her professional milestones was serving as the first staff fellow for the Samuel and Ava Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. She describes herself as an avid gardener who spends her summer hiatus playing in the dirt and the school year nurturing students, helping them to grow into becoming their very best selves.
Jade Doswell is the Fellow for the Office of Inclusive Excellence. She is currently a graduate student in the MS Higher Education Program and is a MBU 2020 graduate. She graduated cum laude from Mary Baldwin University with honors with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, Sociology, and African American Studies. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Theta. She was on the Mary Baldwin University Women’s Soccer team and a Global Honor Scholar. She is a part of the Ida B. Wells Society and was an Ajani graduate. She was awarded the Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology and the Charlotte Forten Grimke Award her senior year.
“Ever since I was a little child, I have always wanted to help uplift the voices of people of color. In my new position as Fellow of the Office of Inclusive Excellence, I want to ensure the success of people of color on campus and give them a support system that carries throughout their life and into society.”
Destiny Woodall is the graduate student for the Office of Inclusive Excellence. She is enrolled in the Masters of Teaching Program at Mary Baldwin University. She received her BA in English from Mary Baldwin University in 2020. During her undergraduate tenure, she was very active in programming through the Office of Inclusive Excellence. She was a member of the Ida B. Wells Society, an Ajani graduate and the recipient of the 2020 Rafiki Award.