Editor’s Note: This blog was written and submitted by Vision 2020 Virginia Delegate Dr. Linnie S. Carter. This is the final installation of her series of blogs discussing her State Initiative to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions specifically by increasing the African-American female community college presidents across the country.
My Vision 2020 goal is to increase the number of African-American female community college presidents in the United States by the year 2020. As an African-American female and community college vice president, I take this responsibility very seriously.
I asked Joanne Jolly, who has worked at a North Carolina community college for seven years, her thoughts about this topic.
She shared the following with me:
I believe it is important to have African-American female community college presidents for the following reasons:
1. African-American women have been educators since the beginning of time. And while educating, they are natural “nurturers.”
2. It is important for minorities to see people who look like them in areas of executive leadership. This represents a source of inspiration to the average student. It’s both inspiring and educational.
3. As the fight for equal promotion and equal pay continues even in the 21st century, the need for African-American female executive-level educators cannot be ignored.
4. African-American women are well capable of successfully carrying out the task of being community college presidents and should be equally given the opportunity.
What do you think?