For almost ten years Laura Elaine Payne has been a passionate advocate for access to affordable and equitable higher education in Texas. She currently serves as a Student Success Coach for Dual Credit Programs at Dallas College. Ms. Payne has been working with Dallas College since 2015 as an advisor, program coordinator, and adjunct professor. She also brings experience and expertise from previous positions with Alamo Colleges, Angelo State University, Coastal Bend College, and the University of Texas at Dallas throughout her career in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Texas A&M in College Station, a Master’s in Education in Student Development and Leadership and certificate in Academic Advising from Angelo State University.