Dr. Diane Archer-Banks (Dr. A-B) is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Educational Access Institute, Inc.; a Florida-based nonprofit organization centered on increasing leadership development opportunities for youth, particularly those from low-income underserved communities. Toward this end, she uses the resources of her organization to create opportunities for young men and women globally to achieve their own levels of excellence and become future leaders. Prior to EAI, she served as the program coordinator and later interim director of a college access and outreach program at the University of Florida, and also, served as an educational administrator for an alternative education program. In addition to her role at EAI, Dr. Archer-Banks serves as a doctoral instructor for the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies Educational Leadership program.
A published author, educational researcher and consultant with more than 40 years teaching and administrative experience in K-12 and higher education, Dr. A-B has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and culture on students’ schooling experiences; postsecondary access and success among low-income and underserved students; youth leadership development; program development and evaluation; technology integration in the learning environment; and parental involvement in children’s schooling experiences.
Dr. Archer-Banks is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, a specialist degree in Educational Administration, and a bachelors’ degree in Public Relations. She also earned a masters’ degree in Social Studies Education from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, and a teaching diploma from St. Joseph's Teachers College, Kingston, Jamaica.