As a student at Texas Woman's University, Amber Garrison Duncan, BS ’98, found her passion in advocating for all students. During her time at Texas Woman’s, she served in various leadership roles such as the Alpha Gamma Delta president and speaker of the House of Representatives for the Student Government Association. She credits her time at Texas Woman’s as experiences that helped her find her life’s work.
Garrison Duncan has led work in higher education for areas such as competency-based education, learning frameworks, equity and assessment, recognition of learning, comprehensive learner records and quality assurance. She has researched and written on general education, assessment, Latinas in higher education and women in leadership.
In conjunction with her life's work, Garrison Duncan has created a new endowment at her alma mater. This new endowment will provide funds to further TWU’s mission to serve an increasingly diverse student body and create an institution that weaves in practices that honor and nurture marginalized students’ cultures, values, heritage and language into each part of the student experience so that academic pathways are anchored in equity.
The endowment supports the mission of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach and will include leveraging racial equity champions, community partners and workforce leaders toward this common goal for the increased recruitment, retention and completion of Black, Latino and Native American women, particularly those who have sought and found enlightenment and support at Texas Woman’s. Additional funding for this program will enable the university to meet the needs of a growing population and assist students for generations to come.