New Edmonds CC equity, inclusion VP named

Aug 07, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Community College Yvonne Terrell-Powell

Edmonds Community College’s new Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion believes that relationships and active engagement are the keys to “moving the dial” on social justice, and equity and inclusion issues of systemic inequity, power, and privilege.

“I’m excited about the commitment I’ve seen to equity and inclusion on campus,” said Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, vice president of Equity and Inclusion. “We serve a diverse student population, and we are committed to their success.

“I believe that the healthier we are as a diverse campus community the better we are able to engage with our students; create teaching and learning opportunities; connect with our communities; and promote our students and their success.”

Since taking on her new role in March, Terrell-Powell has set out to cultivate relationships within the campus and broader community.

“In equity and inclusion work, I believe you need relationships. I’ve come to a point in my career and my life where I recognize that relationships make a difference. They can happen organically, but also intentionally, when you are trying to go beyond your sphere to build other relationships.”

Terrell-Powell said this is an urgent time as students and community members are encountering adverse situations around inequity, power, and privilege at an alarming rate.

“There’s really a sense of urgency about coming together, seeing that sense of urgency collectively, and then, moving for change,” she said. “We do have the power and ability to make change.”

Before coming to Edmonds CC, Terrell-Powell served as the associate dean of Equity, Engagement, and Counseling for her last two years at Shoreline Community College, where she worked for more than 20 years.

She holds master’s degrees in psychology and psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a licensed mental health counselor.



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