McDaniel names director of diversity and multicultural affairs


Jennifer Jimenez Maraña has been named director of diversity and multicultural affairs at McDaniel College. She joins McDaniel effective July 1.

Maraña has 15 years of experience working in higher education serving most recently as an associate dean at Claremont McKenna College in Calif. In this role, she counseled and advised freshmen and transfer students. She was also active on the Diversity Committee and worked closely with the staff of various cultural centers at the college.

In addition, she was assistant dean of students and director of multicultural affairs at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and worked on advancing minority women’s leadership in higher education at the American Council on Education.

About joining McDaniel, she said, “This is an amazing opportunity for me to bring my skills and experience to an institution that is committed to diversity. I look forward to partnering with and learningfrom McDaniel’s students, staff, and faculty.”

She has a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is working on a Ph.D. in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.

A native of Redwood City, Calif., she currently resides in Hunt Valley, Md

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among 40 “Colleges That Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.

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