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Diane Archer-Banks, PhD

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.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
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American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies