Rochelle Newton

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Dr. Rochelle R. Newton

I am like the rock in the water, continuously being washed over.  As the water passes over the rock, it is the rock that changes over time.

Dr. Rochelle Newton is a senior Information Technology (IT) Manager for Duke University School of Law. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership.  Dr. Newton has worked in IT since 1977 in both the private and public sector.  As technology has evolved, she had developed an inquisitive perspective of technology at the intersection of education and race.  This perspective and her work in higher education led to her dissertation thesis, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Does Academic Readiness and Its Factors Influence Completion Rates in MOOCs?  Dr. Newton suggests fully online courses highlight the underlying presumption of a one-size-fits-all model in education. This philosophy and work with students of levels have become a focus of her career. For many non-traditional students, academic success is unique to the learner and formulizing success requires more than admission and a classroom.  For traditional students, access to education is equally challenging as many are unprepared for the rigor and the social hierarchy of education at every level. She is also a advocate and mentor for women and people of color.  In addition to her work with education, race, and technology,  Dr. Newton is a strong proponent for issues such as mentorship, pay inequity, and promotion, food insecurity on college campuses for women and people of color in the STEM field.  She is married and have two adult children. She formed and disbanded an organization to examine diversity and inclusion for minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) (MIS).  Dr. Newton is an avid John Grisham and American History reader. She has been the keynote speaker at many events where women and people of color are the topic.  Dr. Newton has formed a collaborative group within her organizations that brings STEM people together to think about technology, gender, and race.  She also created a small group of women to join in a common purpose.  The group is called Women Think. I serve on the board on several entities where STEM, race, and education are central.  Dr. Newton co-chaired Duke’s TechExpo in 2014 and has completed numerous training on diversity, professional development, and emerging technologies.

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