Congratulations to Dr. Versha J. Anderson, Paradise Valley Community College Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Engagement and Communication Faculty!
Dr. Anderson recently received the Diversity Leadership Alliance’s 2021 Diversity Leader Award (DLA) for her excellence in leading sustainable change in diversity, equity and inclusion. The award, which was announced at DLA’s annual conference and awards ceremony, recognizes Dr. Anderson’s courage and steadfast commitment as PVCC's first Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement (DEIE).
“Dr. Anderson’s convincing and passionate leadership set her apart as she initiated a series of affinity group town hall meetings in order for college leaders to listen with intent and empathy for understanding of our diverse faculty, staff, student and community member constituency groups,” explained PVCC President Dr. Paul Dale. “From the beginning, Dr. Anderson expected these were not just meant to be ‘listening’ sessions, as the college would be held accountable to act on what was learned."
Dr. Anderson, along with Dr. Norma Chandler, convened a group of about 50 faculty and staff members and formed the Take Action College Team (TACT), which created an Action Plan that reviewed practices and policies at the college and provided recommendations related to hiring and onboarding, curriculum development, training and professional growth, program review, DEIE reporting, advocacy and mentorship, and the creation of a DEIE scholarship..
“What is most impressive is the systemic approach and set of recommendations that have emerged on the campus,” said Dale. “While there have been process improvements, perhaps the most impressive outcome has been the impact on the culture of the college. Most recently, Dr. Anderson has led an immersive effort to renew the college core values - demonstrative of the far-reaching impact that a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion can impact the ultimate student success outcomes of the college."
“I am humbled and appreciative,” said Anderson. “This accomplishment is not something that I did alone. My colleagues have been integral in moving this work forward and championing culture change and I plan on continuing my DEI efforts going forward.”
Visit here to learn more about PVCC’s compilation of aspirations, ideas and strategic directions forged into three plans to move the college boldly and confidently into the future.
To learn more about the Diversity Leadership Alliance, click here.