Terry Barksdale became a librarian because she is passionate about supporting and encouraging a citizenry that understands how to assess information sources for reliability, assuring equitable knowledge availability and discovery for all. When Barksdale left UT System for Austin Community College as Head Librarian and Associate Professor, opportunities to learn more about biases -both implicit and explicit – were plentiful. Barksdale has taken advantage of numerous multi-day trainings to explore how her whiteness has colored her world’s perspective. Barksdale now seeks opportunities to talk to others who, like her, may be “seeing” their culture for the first time, and are on a path of awakening to how their own intrinsic biases impact their world, and the world of those around them!
Marshall Bennett is a student focused manager, counselor, advisor, and advocate with 11 years of experience providing visionary leadership and effective administration of key programs for underserved populations at ACC and in the community. As a mediator, Licensed Social Worker, community activist, and member of the Austin Human Rights Commission, Marshall’s professional focus is on evidence based, equitable access and service delivery in higher education. Presently he serves the Cedar Park, TX community at the ACC Cypress Creek campus and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology.
Helen A. Dailey is currently a Computer Application Technician/Tutor in the Learning Lab at the Hays campus of Austin Community College (ACC), a Certified Mediator, and an Equity Associate. She is also a former Assistant Adjunct Professor for the Student Development Department and taught courses to support freshmen students as they transitioned into their roles as college students. Helen has been involved in the equity and inclusion efforts at ACC for several years, having served on the Cultural Competency Workgroup and now as an Equity Associate for the southern campuses in the district. Her focus has always been on how she can help to improve our students’ experiences and in doing so, improve the transfer and graduation rates for ACC.
Pavitee Peumsang is an office assistant to Dr. Stephanie Hawley. She supports the Office of Equity and Inclusion with research and additional resources that informs the work toward racial equity and inclusion. As a Thai immigrant who began her educational pathway at East Los Angeles College—a community college in Los Angeles, California—Pavitee is committed to serve racially and socially minoritized students and communities with love and humility. In Los Angeles, Pavitee worked as a student-peer mentor for the John Delloro Social Justice Transfer Program as well as a student researcher with the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE). You may contact Pavitee by email at: email@example.com
Skye Howell is an Equity and Inclusion Associate with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. She is also the Faculty Coordinator for the Education Area of Study and an Adjunct Professor in the Student Development and Human Services departments for Austin Community College. Skye received her graduate degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado- Boulder and her undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy at Texas State University. Her teaching philosophy is to prioritize equitable student opportunities, implement a culturally responsive pedagogy and encourage student development through self-efficacy using a servant leadership approach. Skye has completed Beyond Diversity, Undoing Racism, Conflict Resolution Training, Facilitator Dialogue training and is a co chair of the Cultural Proficiency and Culturally Responsive Teaching subcommittee on the Equity Leadership Advisory Team.