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Nancy Newton

“If you have people that you’re going to be working with, and they may report to you, make sure that you’re investing in them the way that your mentors have invested in you.”

School of Education

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, EdD 2021

Grants and Sponsored Programs Manager at Montgomery College

Nancy‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss what led Nancy to pursue a doctoral degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, the ways her degree has enabled her to have a higher-level impact in her work at Montgomery College serving underrepresented and underserved students and in her nonprofit educational work serving incarcerated women, and her take on the importance of mentorship for encouragement, support, and pushing your boundaries.

Learn More About Nancy‘s Story

My wedding day to William

After three months of dating, William and I got married! That’s right–three months! Many said it would not last because of cultural differences—I’m a White English woman and he is an African American man—, age differences—he is 10 years older than me—, and the fact that we had only known each other for THREE MONTHS! One “friend” stated that interracial marriage was not something that “people like you and I should be getting mixed up in”—needless to say, that person is no longer a friend nor in my life. William and I have now been married for almost 23 years. We defied the odds, we faced racism and vitriol head on, and we never backed down. We fight for marriage equality and defy anyone who says that interracial marriage is something “we should not get mixed up in.”

The day I became a naturalized U.S. Citizen

Being an immigrant from England, I never really had a desire to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. However, as I progressed in my work developing, implementing, and managing educational programs for historically underrepresented and underserved learners at a Community College, I began to notice seismic inequities in the experience of some learners, faculty, and staff. Making the decision to become a naturalized U.S. citizen was the beginning of my journey to use my right to vote and my privilege to advocate and agitate for those whose voice was silenced or unheard including refugees, asylees, non-native English speakers, DACA recipients, citizens incarcerated by the criminal legal system, and citizens returning to the community after being impacted by the criminal legal system.