Cultural Competency Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Tim Watkins, Ed.D.

Chair, CCAC, Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Higher Education and Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Cultural competence is important to me because it provides knowledge, understanding, and the ability to interact effectively with others from various cultural backgrounds and beliefs while offering the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with individuals from all walks of life.

Mary Bess Pannel, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

When was the last time you put yourself in someone else's shoes? Cultural competence sensitivity is fundamental in providing us perspectives we would normally never consider.

Corlis Snow, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Cultural competence means self-awareness and acknowledgement of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of society.

Karey Westfall, A.S.

Senior Secretary, Teacher Education, Leadership, & Research.

Jon Westfall, Ph.D.

Coordinator & Associate Professor of Psychology

Cultural competency is important to me simply because culture underlies a large portion of how we view the world, and I cannot understand how others see things differently if I don’t understand some of their cultural influences.