Chevene Duncan-Herring

Living Life with Attitude, Belief and Commitment

Chevene Duncan-Herring is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Chevene says her biography would be named The Everyday ABC’s of Chevene: Living Life with Attitude, Belief and Commitment. While we are waiting for that biography, iMeet this hard-working, go-getter that is making a difference in our area.

Welcome to iMeet, Chevene. We’re excited to learn about you and your family…

I am a native of Nashville, Tennessee. I am the mother of two adult children that I am exceedingly proud of. I am also the proud mother of my Yorkshire Terrier named Sassy Too. 

I hold a master’s degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology from Rochester College in Michigan. I hold an associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education in Michigan. I love to learn.

I earned my first degree from a community college as a non-traditional student. This has inspired my commitment to promote student leadership and academic success within the community college environment.

Your name is so unique. Is there any special origin or significance behind it?

The name Chevene is a family name. My father thought the name was unique and wanted to name his first daughter Chevene, I was the chosen one.

Tell us a little about your work, both past and present…

I worked as a program facilitator as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCC) grant. It was through the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. I worked closely with dislocated workers from Paducah and surrounding communities who enrolled at WKCTC. We  helped them find new avenues for education and careers.

I served as an educational counselor and critical source of support for this student population. It was part of my work with the Kentucky Workforce Board Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

I am also the director of the West Kentucky Identifying Needs Guiding Success (WINGS) Summer College Preparation Program. I create and implement a comprehensive cultural diversity program that works with minority and underserved middle school students.

I have also served as a student success coach, education counselor and adjunct faculty member at WKCTC.

In the past I’ve been an adjunct faculty member at Nashville State Community College and Hopkinsville Community and Technical College. I taught courses in the Foundations of Learning & Strategies for Academic Success on the Fort Campbell Army Base.

Tell us about your position at WKCTC of Director of Diversity and Inclusion...

I was named the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at WKCTC. January 2017. I provide resources and support to increase the recruitment and retention rates of underrepresented students. It's part of the college's mission to provide a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. My job is to promote respect for, and appreciation of, all our differences: ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, etc.

We know that you are a heart disease survivor and passionate about sharing your experience and knowledge with other women. Do tell!

Yes, I spend time taking action to empower and educate women to fight heart disease. I experienced a heart attack at age 34, and a triple bypass eleven years later. I coordinated the Go Red for Women “Heart Healthy Luncheon – Paducah”  this February. I'm happy to report it was a huge success. I look forward to this being an annual event.

If someone were to write a biography about you, what would the title be?

Good question! My bio would be titled: The Everyday ABC’s of Chevene Living Life with Attitude, Belief and Commitment. I wake up every day knowing the importance of maintaining a positive attitude about life. I really like to share with others the importance of believing in myself. My tenacity is the backbone of my commitment and responsibility to myself, something or someone. 

What fun activities have you got planned with the WKCTC Diversity and Inclusion Program?

Throughout the month of April we are holding Sneakers for Scholar House Children Shoe Drive.  Donate a new pair of children sneakers to support the health and fitness of a child living in the Scholar House of Paducah located near the WKCTC campus.

We also have a performing arts event called Africa In Kentucky. It's part of a tour by Afrikania Dance Troupe. They will be at the WKCTC Haws Gym on Monday April 16, from 11am -12:30 pm.