Episode #2: Dr. Helen Carr Benjamin
Dr. Helen Carr Benjamin is the chancellor of Contra Costa Community College in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born and raised in upstate Louisiana, her grandparents were sharecroppers in the seggregated South. Learn about the importance to her of her large family, and how she made the trip from her origins to becoming the top administrator of a community college system in California. As part of that process, at one point in her life, she found herself simultaneously raising two children, acting as chair of the English department in a university in Texas, and earning a doctorate.
Community service, instilled in her since childhood, has always been extremely important to Dr. Carr Benjamin. Her chosen role as educator (she was a teacher before turning to being administrator in teaching institutions) has inspired her to taking a leading role in many local and regional organizations focused education and scholarships. She also serves on the National Council of Black American Affairs, and on President Obama's Commission on the Future.
The host of this episode is filmmaker Eve A. Ma.