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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


From the Ground Up: Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Your Program


June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credit


$1,065 due in full with registration


The biggest challenges we have with managing diversity in our programs are often the ones we don’t see. Every time we hold a rehearsal, plan a performance, or bring in a guest clinician we are adding a new chapter to our program’s diversity story.

As leaders in our schools, we are responsible for championing a culture of belonging, empathy, and team building which is best realized in the framework of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This course is all about how to recognize our diversity challenges, opportunities, roadblocks and how to fix them. In this course, we will expand on what you know about diversity and unpack how you can accelerate your diversity efforts.

To summarize, if you have the tools to expand diversity opportunities, build collaboration and support individual connectivity across boundaries, you are going to have a lot more success in creating an inclusive environment within your program(s).


Chat Session

Asynchronous "Group Chats" will take place in the form of a weekly discussion board



Required Text(s)


Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Cameron W. Jenkins

Cameron W. Jenkins is the founder of Full Potential Leadership, an international communications platform that coaches innovative leaders in maximizing their strengths, equipping their teams, and reaching their full potential. Before entering the field of music education, Cameron graduated from Alcorn State University with a 4.0 GPA, within four years, and debt-free. He holds a Master’s Degree from The University of Mississippi in Music Education. Cameron is a proud 2008 Coca-Cola Scholar and a Life-Member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. Cameron’s latest book, “College: Don’t Waste Your Money,” outlines a four (4) part plan to help college students maximize their college experience and reduce their college debt. In 2020, Cameron was named the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year for the Gulfport School District. In the same year, Cameron was named the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year at Bayou View Middle School, a Title I and National Blue Ribbon School located in Gulfport, Mississippi. In 2018, Cameron was named the Middle School Band Director of the Year for the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association. Cameron is a member of the American School Band Directors Association. Cameron is an interactive speaker, leadership consultant/clinician, professional development coach, and community leader. From small rural programs to The Midwest Clinic, Cameron has inspired leaders from around the globe. In 2021, Cameron gained Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certification from the University of Pennsylvania. Cameron and his wife, Lu Jenkins, are church planters. In 2017, they founded Opportunity Church, a multi-ethnic church in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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