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Men to Know In 2024 | Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett

Updated: Jan 4

By Dr. Sharon H. Porter | Wednesday, January 3, 2024 | 6:00 AM ET

In the intricate tapestry of our evolving world, remarkable men emerge as the architects of our collective destiny, tirelessly shaping the contours of the future. These visionaries, with their indefatigable spirit and pioneering minds, navigate the complex landscape of innovation, leadership, and societal change.

From groundbreaking entrepreneurs forging new paths in technology to impassioned activists advocating for justice and equality, these men stand at the forefront of progress. Their stories, like constellations in the night sky, inspire and guide us, illustrating the transformative power of ambition, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of positive change.

Join Vision & Purpose LifeStyle Magazine as we present these trailblazers and embark on a journey to understand the dynamic forces propelling our world forward and the profound impact these men wield in shaping the destiny of generations to come.

Meet Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett

Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. (he/him), is Michigan State University's (MSU) vice president and chief diversity officer. Bennett works to advance MSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities along with staff in the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and partnership among senior executives, deans, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Bennett is also a professor of medicine in the College of Human Medicine.

Prior to joining MSU in December 2020, Bennett served as the inaugural associate provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Northwestern University. Previously, he worked as associate dean of the Graduate School and associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University. Bennett also held administrative appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and served on the faculty at Harvard, Brown, and Northwestern.

Bennett received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in Spanish from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College. Bennett completed postdoctoral research training at Harvard Medical School and is an alumnus of the Harvard University Administrative Fellows Program and Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program.



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