We are profiling each of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council members in each edition of the college's newsletter – In the KNOW.
Meet Ja’Les Henry, Psychology Instructor.
Q. What’s your ‘why’? Why did you join the DEI Council?
I am a woman of color who was a first-generation college student. I am a mother of a special needs child. I have become an advocate for those with disabilities. I teach psychology courses here at SLCC and use those experiences to facilitate meaningful engagement and dialogue for my students. I understand firsthand how inequities can be a hurdle to cross in education, but it is possible provided there’s compassion, communication, and continual engagement.
Q. What change do you hope to see?
I hope to see a college culture that is intentionally inclusive through education, dialogue, and opportunities.
Q. How can all employees be a part of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SLCC?
I believe it begins with authenticity being fully yourself and holding space for others to do the same. It is appreciating differences not ignoring them.
Q. What words do you live by?
I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being – Maya Angelou