Earning a B.A. and a M.A. from Pepperdine University, Beverly A. Tate is an educator with extensive experience at various levels of public teaching. While a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), she was selected and honored as a Mentor and Master Teacher as well as a Fellow of the Academic Council of Learned Societies. She taught composition and literature. In addition, she taught in a humanities block which included English, history, and art.
Since 1996, she has been a professor in the English Department at Pasadena City College teaching courses in African-American Literature, Intercultural Communications, as well as Freshman and Developmental Composition. In addition to her commitment to teaching, Professor Tate has also served as the Acting Dean of the English Division; the Coordinator of the English Division’s Adjunct Professors, English Majors’ Open House, and Writing Salons; the Chair of the Literature Committee; and the Lead Consultant for the Writing Across the Curriculum Program.
Involved in campus-wide activities, she has also held positions as Pasadena City College’s Coordinator for Basic Skills, Diversity Initiative, and New Faculty; the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Support; the Academic Senate’s Equivalency Committee; and the Student Access and Equity Committee. In her capacity as the Coordinator of the Diversity Initiative, Professor Tate has organized and facilitated numerous lectures, presentations, and panels, including those of Walter Mosley, Michael Eric Dyson, Luis J. Rodriguez, Quincy Troupe, Sherman Alexie, Mike Rose, Renford Reese, Melina Abdullah, and Bakari Kitwana’s Rap Session Hip Hop Tour to name a few. In June 2015, she retired from Pasadena City College.
Active in community outreach, Professor Tate has collaborated with various community organizations. She served on the Board of the Male Mentoring and Partnering Program (MPYD) at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. She was recently honored with MPYD’s Angel Award for her ongoing support of the young men in the program. In addition to MPYD, she also served on the advisory board of the Young African-American Males’ Conference held annually for the past eight years at Pasadena City College.
Besides her service to local organizations, Professor Tate has also organized round table discussions and seminars for at-risk youth in the community. In addition, she has provided curriculum development and resources for the Village Nation, a non-profit that has helped increase the retention and graduation rates of African American students at several LAUSD high schools.
In June 2015, Beverly Tate created Tate’s Consultant Services, LLC (TCS, LLC) an educational consulting business committed to providing workshops for underserved students and academic resources for educators. Most recently, TCS organized academic and personal workshops for Black and Latino males attending ELAC. In September 2015, Beverly Tate’s company, TCS, organized a women’s conference for East Los Angeles College’s first-year experience women students. In addition to the company’s educational services, Beverly Tate also created College Connected—an apparel line that promotes strategies for achieving academic success.
Beverly Tate is a long-standing member of the American Literature Association, the Pop Culture Association, and the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. She has given academic papers at various conferences in Baltimore, San Francisco, Boston, and Liverpool, England.