Re-Post: See You. See Me. See Possibility

We recently received the news that our former GCC President Dr. Velvie Green had passed away. She inspired me when I met her as a student at GCC. In 2018, I posted a cultural reflection/inspirational story connected to her on Write 6 x 6. I thought that it would be appropriate to re-post it here in honor of her.

Originally posted February 8th, 2018

Dr. Velvie Green

My cultural reflection/inspirational story is connected to Dr. Velvie Green, the former President of Glendale Community College. I met her when I was a student at GCC. I was hanging around the Communication Department and Jim Reed, the Department Chair, was giving our newly appointed President a tour of the department. Jim came around the corner and said that he wanted to introduce me to her. When she came around the corner I saw an African American woman standing in front of me. I had a moment of pause. I looked at this stranger and felt like I was looking at my future physical self. I couldn’t tell you what I was expecting, but I could definitely tell you that I was not expecting her.

I recognized something in her that connected with me on a level I had never recognized before. I recognized possibility in something that I would have never considered without this encounter, the possibility that I could become a college president myself. I saw a cultural reflection of myself on campus and it inspired me. For years I pursued becoming a college president. My pursuit brought me to teaching and I fell in love with it and changed course.

That day motivates and inspires me daily. It really showcases the importance of cultural reflection on college campuses. That day is one of the things that motivates me to bring excellence into everything that I do, because someone out there may see themselves in me through my work. They may see me and they may be encouraged to be excellent in their career. They may see me and see the possibility of a career path that they would have never considered for themselves. They look at me and think to themselves if she can do it, I can do it too.

I encourage others to think of themselves in the same way. All it takes is someone seeing themselves represented, right in front of them to inspire and motivate them to greatness.  Each encounter that you have on this campus could make or break someone’s hopes, dreams, or desires. Be mindful of the fact that you matter to someone and that they are paying attention to what you say and do.

I don’t know Dr. Velvie Green personally. She doesn’t know the impact she has had on me. I hope that she will come across this one day, so she can read about the difference she has made in my life. I am thankful and grateful that I had the opportunity to meet her. It changed my life.

Published by bacabites

I love inspiring, empowering, encouraging, and motivating others. I love personal, professional, and spiritual growth. I also love my husband, our fur children, teaching, books, coffee, food, Wonder Woman, She-Hulk, and anything nerdy.

One thought on “Re-Post: See You. See Me. See Possibility

  1. Tenisha-

    Thanks for this.It brought tears to my eyes. I met Velvie too when I was a student here.I remember how impressed I was by Velvie. Here she was- a woman and the president of the college…In my family, women were supposed to be housewives. I was not raised in a family of powerful women so I loved the idea of a women in charge of this organization. We were both from the midwest and I remember chatting about midwest stuff and feeling a connection. Looking back, I can see that I grew a little bit by knowing Velvie. I attended some small focus-group meetings with Velvie where students were invited to participate and discuss campus issues. No wonder I fell in love with GCC. Velvie provided a powerful, inspiring example of diversity and strength.

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