Dyce, associate professor and executive director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education, served as a panel moderator and co-facilitated a workshop at the 2023 Guilford Dialogues Conference in March 2023.
Cherrel Miller Dyce, associate professor and executive director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education, served as a panel moderator and co-facilitated a workshop at the 2023 Guilford Dialogues Conference in March 2023.
The panel was titled, “Models of Partnership – How Can Educational Institutions Partner to Create Opportunities for Students?” It is crucial for all educational institutions to partner with actors across different sectors, such as corporations and nonprofits, to create effective educational opportunities for their students. Such partnerships allow institutions to develop innovative possibilities for their students and help them reduce racial achievement gaps. This panel brought together speakers from private, public, and nonprofit sectors who lead different partnership models with educational institutions. The purpose of this panel was to learn from our panelists about their partnership models, what challenges they face and how they overcome them.
Serving on the panel were Ann Flynt, director of the Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative, Guilford Apprenticeship Partners at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro; Valerie Holton, Executive Director of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities; and Lisa Leeke, Director of First-Year Abroad Partnerships at the Council on International Educational Exchange.
In addition to moderating the panel, Dyce co-facilitated a session with Anthony Graham, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University, titled “The Recruitment, Retention, and Support of Educators of Color: A Report from Governor Roy Cooper’s DRIVE Task Force.”
In their workshop, participants engaged in discussion about recruiting, retaining and supporting educators of color through the lens of Cooper’s Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education (DRIVE) Task Force. Recommendations from the DRIVE Task Force were presented with an emphasis on how to build coalitions and partnerships among groups to increase the percentage of educators of color in American schools.
With twenty years of experience in social justice work, Dyce is a fierce social justice advocate, K-12 researcher, mentor and social theorist. She believes in uplifting marginalized communities through education. She emphasizes racial equity, social justice and critical self-reflection in all research projects.
Dyce is a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant who provides professional development in racial equity for public and charter schools, higher education institutions and private organizations. She has published many journal articles and two books. Her recent co-authored book is “Black Males Matter: A Blueprint for Creating School and Classroom Environments to Support Their Academic and Social Development.”
Dyce’s faith is central to how she navigates her personal, professional and academic endeavors. Her mission statement is, “I want my work to resonate in the souls of humanity, cast down inferiorities, mute institutions of power, capsulate privilege and discrimination, and eradicate racism.”
About Guilford Dialogues
The Guilford Dialogues invites leaders from a cross-section of fields, generations, viewpoints, and regions to Guilford College to consider relevant social problems and strategize on values-based solutions.
The 2023 conference explored educational opportunity and inclusion drew upon individuals from different areas of the educational spectrum (pre-K, K-12, and higher education) to explore strategies for ensuring equitable education opportunities. The project built upon the 2022 Guilford Dialogues, which focused on the theme of economic inclusion.