Diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to be a major challenge to all industries. Higher Education IT is no exception.
Although Precious McKoy spent over a decade of her time in a web development career, part of her digital fluency involves effectively managing one’s online web presence and digital footprint, emphasizing streamlining and automating all processes while integrating systems to talk to each other.
From 2019 - 2020, she served on the EDUCAUSE Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC) and co-led the Women in IT Community Group. Precious previously co-led the Educause SharePoint and Office 365 Community Group and CG Mentoring Program.
Precious is also incredibly involved in her passion project to give back to young people in underserved communities. She founded the SHIELD Mentor Program, a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that provides a full range of mentoring programs and services, providing skills for success in leadership development. Her organization brings together mentors— college students, professionals, and community members — with youth participants to sharpen their leadership skills while supporting young people’s life ambitions, helping them create a roadmap for success, and watching them transform their lives to thrive.
Precious holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management—taking three years to complete by taking night classes and having a family, full-time job, and nonprofit organization to run. Precious is truly an inspiration when it comes to work and life. She has banned the word tired from her vocabulary and instead focuses on being fully engaged in her aspirations and goals.