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Exploring Inequities in Education: Women's History Month Panel

Exploring Inequities in Education

This panel series centers a different identity group and their experiences in education.

March 2021: Women’s History Month Panel

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the March 2021 panel will discuss “Breaking Barriers and Shattering Glass Ceiling in Education.” This panel will be available live via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1:15 p.m. EDT. For those individuals unable to attend, a recording will be posted to this page after the event.

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Dr. Javiette SamuelJaviette Samuel

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Outreach, UT Knoxville Office of Diversity and Engagement (Knoxville, TN)

Javiette Samuel is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, and an affiliated faculty member in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Child and Family Studies. She is an experienced, engaged scholar with a unique combination of educational, interpersonal, and creative skills. She has worked with P-20 students, families, and underrepresented communities for nearly 25 years, focusing on engagement, outreach, and evidence-based programs.


Dr. Fran’Cee Brown-McClure Fran’Cee Brown-McClure

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Union College (Schenectady, NY)

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure is Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Prior to joining the Union College administration, Dr. Brown-McClure served as Dean of Students at Spelman College and Associate Dean of Residential Education at Stanford University. During her career she has served as an administrator in both public and private universities as well as large and small colleges and universities. In addition, she has had experience working at predominately white institutions as well as historically black institutions.

The most important role that Dr. Brown-McClure holds is that of mom. She is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter McKenzie.

Dr. Nancy GuerreroNancy Guerrero

Area Superintendent, Cedar Ridge Learning Community (Round Rock, TX)

Nancy Guerrero has had the honor of serving as an educator for 23 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and now your area superintendent of the Cedar Ridge Learning Community. In this role, she is committed to cultivating an educational environment focused on academic excellence and social emotional support and development for all children, while building partnerships with home and community. As a former principal of C.D. Fulkes Middle School, the Cedar Ridge Learning Community has been a key part of her family for many years. Dr. Guerrero considers herself an advocate of all children: her own, her neighbors and every child she encounters on life’s journey. Promoting educational opportunity and social development for all is her purpose, her call to stewardship.

Dr. Lori MessingerLori Messinger

Dean, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

Lori Messinger brings more than 15 years of progressive leadership in both research and comprehensive public universities to her role as Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She served as BSW Program Director at the University of Kansas (KU) (2004-2010) and as School of Social Work Director (2011-2015), Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement (2015-2017), and Senior Fellow for Diversity Initiatives (2018) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Prior to joining KU in 2011, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama (2002-2004) and North Carolina State University (1999-2002). Dr. Messinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Douglass College, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Social Work degree and a PhD in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proud first-generation scholar, a committed social worker, and educator.

Dr. Lisa Yamagata-LynchLisa Yamagata-Lynch

Professor & Ombudsperson, College of Education, Health & Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch is the University Ombudsperson for the Office of Ombuds Services at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville and serves faculty, staff, and graduate students. She is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner® (CO-OP). She is a certified trainer in VitalSmarts Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability. Additionally, she is a Tennessee Rule 31 General Civil Mediator. As a faculty Lisa holds the rank of Professor in the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department. She received her doctoral degree from Indiana University in Educational Psychology as well as Instructional Systems Technology. She has experience in developing and growing revenue generating online programs. Lisa has served in several leadership roles as a program coordinator, director of graduate studies, as well as an academic department associate head. She has been involved in diversity, engagement, and inclusion at UT through her leadership in the Commission for Women and as a contributing member in various diversity initiatives.

Previous Webinar Recordings

Theme: Disparities in K-12 Education for Black Students

Moderator: Javiette Samuel | Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Outreach, UT Knoxville Office of Diversity and Engagement (Knoxville, TN)


  • Vrondelia (Ronni) Chandler | Executive Director, Project GRAD Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
  • Charles Flowers | 2nd Grade Teacher, Schwab Elementary School, Metro Nashville Public School (Nashville, TN)
  • Bryan Johnson | Superintendent, Hamilton County Schools (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Desirée Jones | Principal, Vine Middle Magnet School, Knox County Schools (Knoxville, TN)
  • Janea Peterson | Coordinator of Education & Youth Services, Knoxville Area Urban League (Knoxville, TN)

Webinar Recording

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