Thirteen years working in community mental health as a social worker, therapist and licensed professional counselor, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees along the way. Adjunct professor for nine years, juggling teaching at five different colleges while raising two sons. The two-decade path Chalice Rhodes, PhD, LPC, forged to Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) faculty was anything but straightforward and simple.“
Resilience is very important to me. We have to overcome things,” Rhodes says. “My sense of spirituality creates in me a love for myself, and a love for people. I feel like I have a lot of love to share. So I share that through my professional work.”
‘SOMETHING I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT’
Rhodes serves on CNHPʼs Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and was awarded a $10,000 Deanʼs Research grant to investigate the experience of faculty incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into the curriculum.
“Itʼs something Iʼm passionate about,” Rhodes says. “Itʼs something that I actually am. African American women are underrepresented in higher education. I believe I am diversity, equity and inclusion.”
A POWERFUL EXAMPLE
Rhodes understands “how important it is for students of color to see professors and teachers who look like them.” Thatʼs why she makes time to speak at events for underserved and underrepresented students, such as Drexelʼs College Access Academy and the THRIVE: Students of Color Early Move-in Empowerment Retreat.
“For them to see me standing up there as Dr. Chalice Rhodes, and hear me share my story, and I look like them—theyʼre like, ʻWait a minute, if she did it, I can do it too.ʼ Itʼs so powerful.”