PANELIST SPOTLIGHT • Excited to have Dr. Valyncia Raphael, JD as part of our July panel on "Curls + The Workplace." If you haven't RSVP'd yet make sure you do!! Link in bio.☝🏽️Talk is happening Thursday, 7/27 in #DTLA. Get to know Valyncia below!👇🏽
DR. VALYNCIA C. RAPHAEL, J.D. is the Director of Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX Coordinator at the Cerritos Community College District in Norwalk, California. There, she coordinates the College’s comprehensive equity, diversity, inclusion initiatives for over 23,000 employees and students. She also leads the College’s prevention of and response to gender and sex based discrimination, which includes responses to sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and dating/domestic violence. Prior to this role, Dr. Raphael spent over a decade in Madison, WI where she played softball at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her undergraduate, law, and doctorate degrees. Her PhD is in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, with research interests in equity issues in intercollegiate athletics. Earning dissertation of the year in her program, Dr. Raphael used intersectionality and critical qualitative methods to study the identity development and experiences of Black women competing in country club intercollegiate sports at a predominantly white institution. The study, titled Expanding the Single Story: Black Female Athletes Playing Country Club Sports at a NCAA Division I Predominantly White Institution, found 7 key findings. Most notably, all of the study participants, shared personal reflections of how their hair is tightly bound with their identity, and enabled deep reflection of the trials and triumphs of their sport and educational experiences.
Dr. Raphael is a curly 3c natural since birth, except for an unfortunate texturizer mistake in law school. She is the oldest of four children, a proud US-born Trini and resides in Long Beach with her brother Glen and fiance Alex.