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I have been an educator at Dutchess Community College for twenty-nine years and have been immersed in matters of diversity and inclusion throughout my entire teaching career. Currently I am a full professor in the department of English and Humanities, the Chief Diversity Officer and the faculty representative on the Board of the DCC Foundation. Throughout the years, I have demonstrated my unwavering commitment to the success of our students and the mission of the College with high levels of engagement and significant contributions to shared governance, strategic planning processes, retention initiatives, curriculum work, design of the concurrent enrollment program and much more.
Above all, I love to teach and love every one of my students. My students comment that I strongly encouraged them to produce excellent work while at the same time providing them with the social and psychological support to succeed. I created and now teach three of the diversity courses taught in the department which are African American and Black Literature, Issues and Ideas in Caribbean Literature, and Cultural Analysis of Caribbean Literature. I have published two textbooks for instructing my students. I have also created multiple OER textbooks for my students.
My commitment to excellence on this campus is well documented. I was the 2008 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. As a campus leader, I have chaired our shared governance body, the Professional Staff Organization, and was the vice president and president of DUE. I also chaired the Liberal Arts Humanities program for seven years and am presently the supervisor of the teaching of English in the high schools in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
I am passionate about the equity and inclusion work at the center of the College’s mission. During my tenure at DCC I have chaired the Black History committee, have been a member of the President’s Diversity Council, chaired the Diversity Committee of the American Association of University Women and have taught Black Literature for Marist college through The Center for Lifelong Studies and at SUNY New Paltz for Seniors.
Being selected as the college’s Chief Diversity Officer is an honor and a great responsibility. I look forward to tackling the complex diversity and inclusion challenges and continuing to build on the strengths of our great campus community.
Chief Diversity Officer