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Associate Director of Equity Initiatives

Jairo (Hi-rrow) has spent the last 16+ years working in higher education split between academic and student services at two different universities, University of North Carolina-Asheville and North Carolina Central University; and two community colleges, Durham Technical Community College and Central Carolina Community College. Mr. McMican previously served in a split role serving as the Dean of College Access Services at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and The Director of Equity and Pathways for the North Carolina Student Success Center. Jairo is currently working on his Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University. He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Jairo is a 2016 graduate of the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program. Mr. McMican was also a 2019 Achieving the Dream Fellow, 2020 Belk Center Fellow, and a 2021-2022 Education Design Lab Designer in Residence and currently serves on the editorial board for AACRAO’s Strategic Enrollment Management. In addition, Jairo facilitates ‘Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning’ modules for ACUE as well as ‘Agile Administrator’ modules for the American Council of Education (ACE).



M.S. Strategic Leadership | Mountain State University

B.S. Psychology | South Carolina State University


Past Experience:

Dean of College Access Services | Central Carolina Community College

Director of Equity and Pathways | North Carolina Student Success Center

Dean of Student Learning | Central Carolina Community College

Director of Advising and Admissions | Durham Technical Community College


How has education changed your life/your family?

Being a first-generation college graduate and the first family member from immigrants paved the way for other relatives to follow suit.  Education continually fuels my evolution to improve and help others.

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