Shandra Summerville

Champaign County Mental Health Board and           Developmental Disabilities Board

“I am a daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and great aunt. I am a Black Woman that loves the experience of loving who I am and learning about who I am becoming while navigating in a cross cultural environment. One thing I love about the C-U Community is there is always a place for you when you are willing to move out of your comfort zone and learn what the community has to offer.”

Shandra Summerville attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas majoring in Speech and Drama with an emphasis of Mass Communications and Public Relations. Shandra was born and raised in the C-U Community and returned to the C-U area after residing in Pine Bluff Arkansas for 6 years where she worked as a Field Director for the Girl Scouts and served as the director an Adult Day Center Facility. Shandra is an alumnus of the 2010 & 2018 Georgetown Leadership Academy to Address Disparities in Mental Health and Cultural and Linguistic Competence working with persons living with an intellectual or developmental disability. Shandra is specialized in cultural competence 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 her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, learning new “things to do” in her community, spending time with family, and listening to music.

Supported by Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities