June 2017 Spotlight – Vee Byrd, Associate Director of Diversity and Social Change

Veleashia “Vee” Byrd
Associate Director of Diversity and Social Change

Vee Byrd is FSCJ’s new Associate Director of Diversity and Social Change. Vee oversees the H.O.P.E. Food Pantry, Volunteer Services, minority male mentoring, certified peer educators, History & Heritage months, and diversity and inclusion programming and training. She is a native of Kentucky and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. As a professional, she has served as a program coordinator at Vanderbilt University, Director of the Martin Luther King Cultural Center at the University of Kentucky, Asst. Director of Student Development at Western Kentucky University, and Director of Black Affairs at the University of Florida.

Mrs. Byrd has won several awards including Staff of the Year at the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida, Woman of the Year at Western Kentucky University, and the President’s Award for Diversity at the University of Kentucky. She has traveled the country speaking at universities, schools, and conferences on topics about black student retention and enrichment, motivation, and The N Word.

She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and currently serves as the Florida state coordinator for the Association of Black Culture Centers among other memberships and affiliations.

She is married to her best friend, Brandon Byrd and is now the Bonus Mom to two young boys and her two cats.