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TCC staffer shines at national conference

Tidewater Community College Coordinator Khadijah Peak-Brown is part of the Emerging Leaders for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

Peak-Brown recently presented at NACADA’s (National Academic Advising Association) national convention held in Portland, Oregon. She facilitated two workshops, one on “Understanding Double Consciousness: The Path to True Inclusive Advising.” The other was on “Academic Efficacy: The Great Equalizer.”

“Presenting these specific topics successfully means that I conquered a fear that could have hindered me from doing meaningful student advocacy work,” Peak-Brown said. “Though the students I serve affectionally referred to me as their bodyguard, I recognized that I was nervous to openly share my thoughts on how race, racism, and colonialism impact education. Moreover, I was hesitant to advocate for changes that support efficacy-building practices for our students. I’m grateful that NACADA provided me with the opportunity to present on two topics that challenge administrations to alter their policies and procedures.”

Peak-Brown also serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for NACADA. In this role she helps evaluate DEI training across the association. This in turn helps to support programming efforts within their divisions, communities and regions.

“Being selected to help support and provide my input regarding DEI initiatives for NACADA is an honor. I am thankful they believe in my ability and passion for this work to allow me to help train and develop programming for faculty and academic advisors,” Peak-Brown said 

Norfolk Public School students at the Excellence Institute on Norfolk Campus last summer.

Peak-Brown serves as TCC’s Connect2TCC coordinator. She develops a summer program for Norfolk Public School high school seniors called the Excellence Institute. Students engage in activities that build their academic and professional efficacy and, in turn, increase their persistence in their higher education pursuits.

For more information about the 2023 Excellence Institute, reach out to Peak-Brown at