Norris “EJ” Edney III, Ed.D.
EJ Edney graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology, in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education/ Student Personnel, and in 2019 with his Doctor of Education in Higher Education.
EJ’s work and research focuses on mentoring and its capacity to affect issues of equity and access for marginalized student groups. His work has received numerous awards including the Donald Cole Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2016) from the University of Mississippi Black Student Union and the Laws Innovation Award from the University of Mississippi School of Education (2018).
EJ has worked in various areas on campus, which have provided him a broad set of experiences. Prior to joining the CICCE staff, EJ served as Program Coordinator for the Luckyday Scholarship Success Program and as a Coordinator for National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. EJ’s professional experiences have helped to galvanize his passion for supporting and promoting equitable access to student success. As such, he has been a consistent fixture on numerous committees and working groups assembled to approach issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
EJ is a mentor, scholar, educator, and leader. He is also a proud father to Norris “Rocky” Edney IV and Nora Eden Edney and life partner to Adrienne Edney.
Sarah Piñón, M.S.Ed
Assistant Director for Cross Cultural Engagement & Programming
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Prior to joining the CICCE team, Sarah worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Fraternity & Sorority Life Specialist, a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Western Technical College, and an Admissions Counselor at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking and eating, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, trivia, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places.
Lauren Jones, M.A.
Assistant Director for Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement
Lauren Jones graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership and in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Personnel.
Prior to joining the CICCE team, Lauren worked in several capacities at the University of Mississippi. She worked as an Academic Mentor with the FASTrack Learning Community and as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions. She also worked at the University of South Carolina in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment and Outreach.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, traveling and watching Ole Miss sporting events.
Administrative Coordinator I
Josilyn serves as the Administrator Coordinator for the Center for Inclusion and the Fraternal Leadership and Learning Office. She is originally from Grenada, Mississippi. Josilyn received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi College.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Programming & Initiatives – Vacant
Coordinator, MOST (Mississippi Outreach Scholastic Talent) – Vacant
UM Pathway IMPACT Program Graduate Assistant
Breanna graduated from Old Dominion University in August of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a double-minor in Exercise Science and Health and Wellness. During her undergraduate career, Breanna was involved in a variety of leadership, wellness, and student engagement opportunities. She worked in the fields of wellness and behavioral therapy for less than two years when she relocated to Oxford, Mississippi.
She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Public Health and is expected to complete her degree in May of 2022. Breanna also teaches group fitness classes in the South Campus Recreation Center. She currently serves on the following advisory boards for the University of Mississippi Graduate School: Mental Health and Well-being; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her goal is to work in the private sector of Public Health on projects focused on at-risk communities through DEI and urban planning initiatives. She plans to return to her roots of student wellness and higher education at some point in her career.
In her personal time, Breanna enjoys being active, trying new restaurants, watching movies and attending game nights with friends and family.
Damien “DJ” Joiner
Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement Graduate Assistant
Damien Joiner (DJ) was born and raised in Taylor, MS. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.
He is currently a 1st year in the Higher Education Masters program at the University of Mississippi.
In DJ’s spare time he enjoys working out, enjoying family and listening to favorite artists such as Drake, Beyoncé, and H.E.R.
Marketing and Community Engagement Graduate Assistant
Hunter graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. While in undergrad, Hunter served as treasurer and peer educator for Rebels Against Sexual Assault, interned with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, and participated in committees promoting intersectionality, inclusivity, and accessibility at the University of Mississippi.
Before joining the CICCE team, Hunter worked for a Mississippi-based nonprofit organization as a field educator and media coordinator, providing an array of social services to community members across the state.
He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from the University of Mississippi and will graduate in May 2021, with goals of continuing his work in the field of inclusion and diversity.
In his spare time, Hunter enjoys spending time in nature, exercising, reading and writing, and skateboarding (a recently adopted endeavor).