ACC talks Black History Month: Rosalind Cunningham

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Black History Month means to them.

Rosalind Cunningham, ACC Completion CounselorMeet Rosalind (Roz) Cunningham, a completion counselor at Eastview Campus. Cunningham is a true advocate and champion for students. Her tireless dedication to student success is evident not only in her interactions with students but also in her interactions with members of her team. She is always willing to assist and to help with the end goal of student success in mind. Read more about her below.

Why do you think it's important for the college to commemorate Black History Month?

To celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the growth and development of this nation.

To focus on African Americans accomplishments in the fields of medicine, education, government, civil rights, the military, etc. that have been excluded or minimized in the history of the United States.

To remember our rich heritage and to pass the knowledge on to future generations.

What figure in Black History would you most like to meet and why?

Harriet Tubman of Underground Railroad fame for her courage, determination, dedication, resiliency, and boldness in leading thousands of captives to freedom.

What are some personal or professional accomplishments you are most proud of?

Seeing students overcome obstacles each day; in addition to encountering them, often by chance, years later and hearing how they have excelled — that gives me joy!

The establishment of the Delco Endowed Scholarship Fund for African American Students with Dr. Donetta Goodall, Emma Moore, Mae Thompson, and Marilyn Lee-Taylor.

My work with "Project Promise," a "head start" program for first-generation African American and Latino students.

I treasure the relationships, friendships, and associations I've been blessed with in the 33 years of being a part of the "ACC Family."

What's the best lesson you've learned?

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ― Maya Angelou

What advice would you give emerging leaders?

Remember that you stand on the shoulders of generations of men and women who paved the way for you, don't take yourself too seriously, and develop a sense of humor – it can be invaluable in difficult situations.

Why is it important to seek out and value diverse perspectives?

Diverse perspectives are what has made this country great. The infusion of different ideas, cultures, and viewpoints fosters understanding and strengthens the cord that binds us together as a nation.

How are you building bridges between communities?

One individual contact at a time through interactions with students, staff, faculty, and staff; and encouraging continuing education in my community.

What inspires you?

My student's success in reaching their goals, and the resiliency and courage they exhibit in overcoming obstacles and challenges.

What is your ultimate goal?

To continue doing what I'm doing as long as I am able.

Comments

Thank you, Roz, for sharing your wisdom and your love of your work with students. You make a big difference. Thank you, also, for spreading JOY wherever you go!

What a great interview with one of ACC's finest!

You are a treasure Mrs. Ros! I appreciate you and all the help you have always given me!

Personally, I want to thank Ms. Cunningham for being such a wonder mentor. It is always a pleasure to work with her on various projects. Ms.Cunningham is an amazingly talented resource who goes above and beyond the call of duty, to ensure that our students, staff, faculty and community needs are met. More so she serves other with a smile in her heart and from a place of great integrity. Ms. Cunningham represents ACC and the African American Community beautifully both internally and externally. We are truly blessed and honored to have her part of the Eastview Family. Sincerely,

Roz was a friend and an inspiration. May she rest in peace.

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