A native of Guntur, India, Noel Didla works as a liaison for Core ConneXions/academic affairs at Tougaloo College, where she builds connections between students, community and school administration. She is passionate about creating cultural and artistic possibilities for the global communities of Jackson, Mississippi, which she’s called home for the past 12 years. Noel believes critical and creative interdisciplinary approaches can be developed to build transformative communities through the worlds of film, food, music, dance and art engagement. She also believes cultural and language immersion empowers, enriches and engages communities in progressive programmatic action. Therefore, she is an advocate for cultural justice, social and cultural entrepreneurship and empowerment and democratic education. Noel is a former instructor of English at Jackson State University.