“I believe that it is crucial that students understand ‘what is going on in the real world’. It is our responsibility as educators to help students achieve this goal. Therefore, we ourselves must have real world experiences in order to help students understand how they can apply textbook theories to real world situations. I also feel that there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with others. In this very competitive world, it is important that educators take time to understand student’s needs in order to help them succeed in life.”
Dr. Beverly Guillory Andry holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Xavier University, a graduate degree in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans a M. B.A. from the A. B. Freeman School of Business - Tulane University, and a Ph. D from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy – Urban Affairs Southern University A & M College. She was a Lecturer in the Division of Business and faculty member at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. for ten years. She has taught courses at Concordia University, Wisconsin – New Orleans Center and Delgado Community College. She has also taught Entrepreneurial Training and Small Business Development at the UNO Small Business Development Center and the Women’s Business Resource Center of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She is a certified NxLevel Entrepreneurial Trainer. She served as interim executive director of St. Mark’s Community Center. During that time, she maintained overall accountability for programs which included an art studio (Uphill Gallery) which was a collaborative effort with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, programs designed for youths which included a recording studio, carpentry and musical instrument repair programs, and several highly successful initiatives. She was Deputy Director of the Historic Landmarks Commission and was an Urban Planner for the Regional Planning Commission for the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany in the City of New Orleans. She also served as Senior Counselor for the Job Training Partnership Act in New Orleans assessing applicants for job training programs, assuring compliance standards for final eligibility with federal guidelines.
She has gained a broad familiarity with the needs of the community and has worked in many capacities to address these needs. She served as President of the Mid City Community Development Corporation, a community development corporation, which provided fiduciary oversight and coordination of staff overseeing construction of 19 units in an economically disadvantaged Mid City area. She participated in structuring of the program to provide decent, affordable rental units for the residents, and ensure compliance with all requirements of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency and the Local Initiative Support Corporation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Festival where she has been chair of the SEED (Supporting, Economic program of the NOJHF), a micro loan program designed to assist small business owners and potential homeowners. She is currently faculty advisor for Ashé College Unbound, an innovative partnership for higher education that brings Efforts of Grace, Inc. /Ashé Cultural Arts Center together with Roger Williams University and Big Picture Learning to provide an Ashé CAC-based college program. The convening and facilitating of the program is provided by a core team that includes representatives from Ashé CAC, Roger Williams (www.rwu.edu), Big Picture Learning (www.bigpicture.org), and the Lindy Boggs National Literacy Center. Ashe’ College Unbound provides a Bachelor’s degree in community and cultural development and provides credits toward graduation for previous work, training, and educational experiences of the students through a documentation process