Harriett G. Jenkins

Mrs. Harriett G. Jenkins served as the assistant administrator for equal opportunity programs at NASA.

Degree(s): Math

Undergraduate Institution: Fisk University (HBCU)

Graduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Georgetown University

Photo Credit: Legacy.com, The Washington Post

 

Mrs. Harriett G. Jenkins served as the assistant administrator for equal opportunity programs at NASA. Her tenure was dedicated to creating programs that helped minorities and women, including the selection of many of the first Black astronauts. Her work also included providing more opportunities for underrepresented people, including the establishment of research centers at HBCUs. In 2000, NASA created a fellowship program for minority students pursuing doctoral degrees in STEM in her honor.

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