ACC talks Black History Month: Geraldine J. Tucker, J.D.

Geraldine J. Tucker, J.D.Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Black History Month means to them.

Meet Geraldine J. Tucker, J.D., ACC's vice president of Human Resources. She builds bridges between communities by serving on nonprofit boards.

Why do you work at ACC?

ACC is a valuable resource for our Central Texas community and it provides access to an affordable education for our youth who might otherwise not be able to further their education. I am particularly committed to our minority students and supporting their educational success. I also enjoy working with our employees and supporting their goals and endeavors.

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

The college serves a diverse community and as such, we want to recognize the contributions of all segments of our community. Austin has a rich history and many individuals in the Black community contributed to its growth and success; the story of these individuals needs to be told. It is important to preserve, commemorate, and honor the contributions of African Americans locally and throughout our nation. Our youth need to know how African Americans contributed to the building of this nation.

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

Two years ago, I helped start the Susan B. Eason Scholarship for ACC Students with a Disability. To my knowledge it is the only private scholarship dedicated to ACC students with a disability. In addition, I implemented a scholarship program sponsored by the Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Inc. We provide funding to the foundation for a scholarship each year and have done so for the past six years.

What's the best lesson you've learned?

I believe we should always maintain integrity in everything we do.

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

Diverse perspectives allow for a richer conversation about issues and solutions to community concerns and problems. When individuals are able to contribute their perspective in an authentic way, the outcomes are more effective. None of us is perfect or has all the answers. When we come together on issues, diversity ensures we will approach issues from a broad base and with a variety of views in order to serve the needs of a diverse community.

How do you build bridges between communities?

Bridges between communities are built through connections, effective communication, and partnerships. I try to do this by serving on nonprofit boards in our community. Through these avenues I meet new people, build bridges, and forge partnerships to better our community.

What inspires you?

Music, good food, and a good spiritual book.


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