VGCC Women’s “Her”story Month – Sara Bell
In honor of March, Women’s History Month, Vance-Granville Community College is recognizing a few of the many strong and talented women that are a part of the VGCC community in a special feature series called “Her”story.
Today in the third installment of the series we would like to highlight Humanities Instructor Sara Bell.
“Sara is a very dynamic instructor,” said Dean Cecilia Wheeler. “She is very dedicated to providing quality and engaging instruction.”
Bell graduated from Broughton High School in Wake County before continuing her education at North Carolina State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History and Russia Studies. In 2009, she went back to school and received her Master of Arts in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bell joined the VGCC team in August 2017, but before she came here she was an instructor in the English and Humanities Department at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC.
She has also been a musician for more than 20 years and plays the guitar and piano. She is a part of a band called Regina Hexaphone in which she plays the guitar and piano and provides vocals.
Bell is an active member of the VGCC community. She previously served as the co-chair of the Faculty Staff Council. She has presented at several national folklore conferences. Bell is currently serving as a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council. She has also participated as panelist for campus-wide events, such as the Men’s Achievement Academy Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
“I think one of Sara’s greatest contributions to the VGCC community is her ability to lead often uncomfortable conversations around race and equity,” said Wheeler.
She said Bell is also working alongside other faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences to assist students who have expressed interest in forming a LGBTQ+ organization on campus.
“Through her humanities courses, Sara helps her students to explore their own world view and to expand their horizons to embrace and respect their fellow students that may have a different world view,” said Wheeler. “She is a dynamic instructor who challenges her students to excel and helps them find the resources they need to be successful.”