Welcome! I am especially honored to commence my term as president of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges for the 2021-2023 term. I am deeply appreciative to our outgoing president, Dr. Tyjaun Lee, PhD, who provided vision and guidance to the organization in steadfast pursuit of our ideals and mission. This is truly an exciting time to be a leader in the community college landscape.
I am excited about the work that we will do together as we strive to uplift women through leadership and education. The collective impact of our work is meaningful and impactful. AAWCC was founded by Dr. Mildred Bulpitt, who was a tireless advocate and warrior who encouraged women to strive for leadership roles. May we honor the legacy of Dr. Bulpitt in our work as we empower and prepare more women for key decision-making roles in community colleges across the nation.
We will continue to build on the amazing work of the previous presidents and my esteemed predecessor by promoting equity and economic independence, women in leadership, and extolling service at all levels. We understand that great leaders understand the assignment. In community colleges, we need more leaders who understand the urgency of advocating for the students that we serve.
2020 was often referred to as an unprecedented year in terms of change to the world and especially to higher education. However, many futurists are predicting that we will face more change in the next ten years than we have faced over the last 100. This requires us to be more agile than ever before. AAWCC is here to help you to pivot and prepare.
As an AAWCC member, your voice matters. We need you to continue to remain active and involved in your chapter so that you can continually upskill and empower yourself. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous professional development opportunities as well as the networking opportunities that AAWCC provides.
Community Colleges have a national spotlight. This is indeed an exciting time! I look forward to working beside you as we collectively work together with the common goals of leadership, education, and empowerment. Let’s do this!
Monique Umphrey, D.M.