Be the Link
Every student who enters our colleges’ doors, come with dreams and hopes that their investment in their education will help them to do better and live better. Often, the complexity of our institutions coupled with the demands of balancing school with life, impacts the student’s reality. In many cases, students walk through their educational journey disappointed in their progress and disconnected from the potential that exists within them. As faculty, these students are very present in our classes. The challenge though, is that as adjuncts, we may not know how to engage these students, how to get them connected to the right resources, and who on our campus can help re-ignite the flame of success in these students. The opportunity is that, as adjuncts, we can be the link to connect our students to a better college experience and to a renewed sense of purpose.
Felicia Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Felicia Lorraine Ganther hails from Los Angeles, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she will graduate in December 2019 with a Ph. D. in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University. Felicia has previously served in various capacities at both the university and community college levels; currently serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the Maricopa County Community College District. In addition to her work in Student Affairs, Felicia is an adjunct instructor for Speech, Interpersonal/ Group communication, and Higher Educational law courses; teaching at the community college, university, and graduate levels.
Felicia has extensive experience in Student Life, Crisis Management, Retention initiatives, Strategic Planning, Academic Quality Improvement, and first-year student programs. Crafting meaningful and intentional programs in her current role has resulted in the development of Minority Male and Female programs, Foster Youth Outreach, expansion of Early College, and Veteran Services. All of these programs were developed to support the recruitment and retention of African American, Latino, Native, and underserved students in the District. Her work has been highlighted by national and local organizations for developing and scaling best practices.