Professor Handy is a motivational speaker, a dedicated and multifaceted social justice educator and counselor with a passion for service; empowering college students and facilitating in their academic, personal, and professional success. With over 10 years’ experience as an education professional working with underrepresented populations in K-higher education Professor Handy aligns dynamic vision with accessible outcomes through holistic development.
He currently teaches Student Success and Career Development Counseling courses at Diablo Valley College. Professor Handy co-coordinates the Umoja learning community on campus as well. Also holds the title of Co-Chair, of the Black Employee Network at Diablo Valley College (which is an affinity group amongst faculty and staff at the college whose mission is to support each other with professional development and students of color through intentional means). Moreover, he is the co-founder of the African American Male Leadership Program at Diablo Valley College, with the purpose to promote and increase student success through excellence, student learning and equity.
Additionally, he is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the graduate program at Saint Mary’s College of California. Professor Handy earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California in and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications that he earned at San Francisco State University.
Professor Handy, is a proud board member of the African American Male Education Network and Development (A2mend) a non-profit organization, comprised of African American male educators who utilize scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system to increase success of African American male students.
It is the hope and purpose of Professor Handy to create a student-centered approach to education, intentional focused on cultural responsiveness to employ strategies that create and promote a sense of community which lead to student success.