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Dr. Pollard Featured in AACC's Magazine Story About Diversity in the Leadership Team

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Category: MC in the News

Published: 2019-09-09 00:00:01.000

<p>Dr. DeRionne Pollard was interviewed for the American Association of Community College's magazine in a story about the importance of diversity in leadership. Here is an excerpt:</p>
<p>"<a href="">Montgomery College</a> President DeRionne Pollard, who is also president of the <a href="">American Association for Women in Community Colleges</a>, has felt similar slights as a college leader who is both African-American and lesbian.</p>
<p>"You oftentimes have people questioning your legitimacy," sometimes in ways that seem phrased as compliments, she says. "People will say, 'You're so articulate.' Why would I not be articulate? I have a doctorate in education. We know that's code language. People are oftentimes unprepared for you to step into a space. They're constantly discounting you."</p>
<p>Issues of sexuality sometimes conflict with other people's religious beliefs, and Pollard says she tries to be respectful -- while also insisting on respect for herself.</p>
<p>"It's a constant bartering of your soul," she says. "You have to figure out how you're going to show up in any particular space."</p>
<p>The full piece can be found at <a href=""></a></p>

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