summerville-shandraShandra Summerville is a Cultural and Linguistic Competence Specialist that resides in Champaign-Urbana, IL. She facilitates workshops on diversity and inclusion within organizations. In addition, she provides support and technical assistance for organizations that are looking implement the value of cultural competence  at all levels with in an organization. Shanda has worked with organizations to implement the Enhanced National CLAS(Culturally and Linguistic Appropriate Services)Standards into their policy and procedures to reduce mental health and racial disparities.

Shandra earned a BA in Speech and Drama with an emphasis of Mass Communications and Public Relations from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She has completed graduate coursework in Speech Pathology and Counseling.

Shandra has been fortunate to have great experiential learning opportunities through volunteer and employment experience in the following areas; Adult Daycare Services; Children’s Mental Health; Discipline and Behavior Modification, Community Outreach, Christian Education and Outreach; Substance Abuse Prevention, Strategic Planning, National Advocacy, Conference Planning, Conflict Resolution and Mediation; Therapeutic Residential Care; Rape Advocacy and Counseling Education, Group Facilitation, Event Planning, and Public Relations; and Volunteer Coordination and Management.

Shandra is an alumnus of the 2010 Georgetown Leadership Academy to Address Disparities in Mental Health. She is specialized in cultural diversity training and development for not for profit agencies and organizations that want to expand their capacity to reach diverse populations. In addition, she provides instruction for positive youth development and Mental Health First Aid Training. In 2016, Shandra was selected for the Rotary Group Study Exchange to Romania through Rotary International District 6490.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, learning new “things to do” in her community, spending time with family, and listening to music.