Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College Academic Counselor LaShundra Harris was one of 17 professional and civic leaders from across Mississippi and Alabama to recently complete the 2015-2016 Educational Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).
EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working towards sound education policy and practice.
Fellows participate in a variety of activities that promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy, and foster a greater understanding of the roles of government and the community.
As a culminating experience of the EPFP, participants recently visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to talk to their Congressional and Senatorial Representatives about maintaining the $7.8 billion surplus in the Pell Grant budget.
During the trip Harris, who has been employed at CCC for two years, was able to spend some time on behalf of Coahoma with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and members of their staffs.
She also met with The White House Rural Council, The American Association for Community Colleges, the Association for Community College Trustees and Alabama’s congressional delegates: Rep. Gary Palmer, Rep. Terri Sewell and the Staff of Rep. Martha Roby.
“EPFP provided a behind-the-scene experience in advocating, lobbying, and using your platform to assist your college with concerns and issues they may face,” said Harris. “This opportunity was a jewel that you don’t let pass by—you take it and learn all that you can.”
The program consists of two sites —one in Mississippi, and the other in Alabama— that are uniquely tied together with similar state histories, demographics, and needs that exist in comparison to other states across the country.
The Alabama site (AL EPFP), which is based in Tuscaloosa, is a joint effort between co-coordinators Dr. Stephen Katsinas, director of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama; and Tyson Elbert, coordinator of the MS EPFP site and a research associate at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.
“Some of our state’s most talented and dedicated leaders are represented in this year’s Fellows,” Elbert said. “We are very pleased to bring them together to learn new skills, develop added insight and to work collaboratively to take action in improving our state’s future through education improvement and reform.”
To highlight her accomplishments, Harris was presented with a Certificate of Completion during the program’s graduation luncheon.