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Saturday Concurrent Sessions

4/11/2015, 9:00am - 9:50am


Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Presenter(s): Toya Barnes-Teamer, Ph.D., Muriel Hawkins, Ph.D., NIa Haydel, Ph.D.

As we consider leadership in higher education, this season will address strategies that African Americans can use to obtain the advantages necessary to move up the ladder at various types of institutions.


Am I Supposed to be Here?: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as a New Professional in Higher Education
Presenter(s): Brandi J. Blake, M.Ed. Assistant Director of Residence Life and First Year Experience

Facing your fears in a new job position can be challenging, especialy if you landed a job in a field of higher education that is not your realm of expertise. Should this situation be considered a blessing or are you an IMPOSTOR? This session will outline the symptoms of Impostor Syndrome, how to build your confidence within your new position and most importantly, how to meet and exceed your potential as a new professional in higher education.


Retribution, Rehabilitation, & Restoration: When the Ex-Offender Returns Home
Presenter(s): Derek Irvin

The United States currently has jailed some 2 million plus people. Although that is a most shocking statement, what makes this statement more dreadful is the fact that there are a total of 7 million under correctional supervision - in custody, parole, or on probation. Most of those that are incarcerated are black and Hispanic males. The startling fact is that there are more people in prisons and jails today for drug offenses than were incarcerated for all reasons in 1980. (Alexander, 2012)


Emotions matter: Achievement Emotions are crucial for educating marginalized populations
Presenter(s): Marilyn Simmons Bowe, Ph.D. Founder and CEO

This session will discuss the Control Value Theory of Achievement Emotions (CVTAE). It will highlight the importance of addressing eight discrete emotions that are fundamental to all learning outcomes.These eight achievement emotions are subdivided into positive - joy, hope and pride; negative - anger, anxiety, hoplessness, boredem and shame. The discussion will introduce an important new concept, the brainchild of the presenter, called CAMP©. CAMP© refers to the cognitive, affective, motivational and physiological components that impact how we emote as we learn. This is crucial for academic preparation, recruitment, retention and academic success for students, in general, and marginalized students, in particular.


The Minority Education Industrial Complex
Presenter(s): Tiffani J. Smith

For-profit colleges and universities continue to increase the access and efficiency in awarding certificates and degrees to students of color. More specifically, for-profit colleges and universities mainly provide educational opportunities for first-generation, non-traditional aged, Black and Hispanic females. This paper provides an analysis of for-profit institutions in Southern California utilizing the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s (2012) classification scheme and student interviews. This analysis provides insights about Black and Hispanic female’s decisions to attend for-profit institutions, admissions and course experiences, and opportunities upon graduation.


When Worlds Collide" Technology, Academics, and Mental Health
Presenter(s): Linwood Webster

My personal and professional background includes an unconventional mixture of being raised in a rural agricultural environment at an early age, and somehow meticulously charting an educational and professional path to Harvard University. Since 1996, my higher education background includes information technology, academic advising, and a pending clinical mental health counseling degree. My presentation includes a dialogue and interactive discussion on my challenges, obstacles, and successes, along with current strategies that will provide opportunities and approaches to increase the number of Blacks in STEM fields.


10:00am - 10:50am

Examining the Experiences of First Generation African American Males in Graduate School
Presenter(s): James Coaxum, III

This study explores the experiences of first generation African American males enrolled graduate school. The study utilizes a phenomenological approach to uncover persistence factors and strategies that fosters success among these students while in graduate degree programs. Through the lens of academic and social experiences, the paper highlights how African American males enhance their educational mobility beyond postsecondary education.


Public/Private Partnerships: Utilizing Service Learning To Facilitate Student Engagement
Presenter(s): Dr. Charles W. Richardson, Jr.

There is an increasing trend within higher education to recognize and respond to the need for developing students as well rounded and "global citizens". One of the facets of this development is the increased presence of service and experiential learning as components of the academic curriculum. This session reports on activities managed and performed by Clark Atlanta University, and represents a viable model for replication at other institutions, particularly those serving minority students and located in communities consisting of members of various minority people groups.


Learning Assessment in Higher Education: A Focus In Radio and Television Production
Presenter(s): Dr Eric Dogini

The basic purpose of a learning assessment is to determine what students want and need to learn and improve learning. The increase in racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in higher education is reflected in many classrooms. However, diversity with practice is complicated, confusing, and dynamic, and for some classroom instructors’ it is burdened with uneasiness, difficulty, and discomfort.


Finally! A Greek Presentation That is Not About Hazing!
Presenter(s): Dr. Kevin A. Dougherty

The common themes we tend to hear about Greek Letter Organizations are hazing, partying, sexual assaults, and student deaths all over the country. These situations have become so common; we tend to see presentations, speakers, and task forces being created to determine the ways to combat these types of occurrences. Instead of contributing to this commonality, this program will feature a presentation exploring the successes of Greek Life Organizations, particularly within the African American community. Learn from these presenters in how they work with these organizations to promote healthy, successful, and productive students within and out of their college campuses.


Discovering Agricultural Related Careers through "CYPRESS”
Presenter(s): Christopher Mathis Jr., Audrey McCrary-Quarles

Combining Youth, Passion, and Resources for Environmental Science Studies is a Capacity Building grant funded through USDA and National Institute of Food and Agriculture that exposes underrepresented minority middle school students of rural Orangeburg County, to agricultural careers, to create a pipeline to high school that supports preparation for these Ag career choices. Overall, minority youth were afforded opportunities to attend 4H-After-School Programs and Residential Summer Camps, and become a member of the Junior Minorities in Agricultural, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (Jr. MANRRS) program. Key Words: After-School Programs and Residential Summer Camps, and Agricultural Career.


Student Success: Psychosocial Factors and Black Male STEM Majors
Presenter(s): Ulanda Simposn

The purpose of this presentation is to examine the influence of psychosocial factors on student success of black male STEM majors. The speaker will discuss a review of the literature and strategic planning at the community college and university settings for the establishment of relevant psychosocial support systems.


"From Orientation through Graduation to Workstation”
Presenter(s): Linwood Webster, Alfonza X Marshall

An Academic Advisor for undergraduates for over 10 years at UNC-Chapel Hill, I have professionally and personally "defined” the academic advising position by combining my current clinical mental health counseling education. In a "dual role with one goal", I use advising, counseling, and coaching to get students "From Orientation through Graduation to Workstation". With over 18 years of higher education experience, my professional insight and perspective consists of high-impact practices for undergraduates during their educational process and the value of high-impact practices beyond graduation.


11:00am - 11:50am

Promoting Student Success Through The Student Integration Model For Success
Presenter(s): Toya Barnes-Teamer, Ph.D., Demetrius Johnson, Ph.D., Nia Haydel, Ph.D., Kevin Bastian, Ph.D.

As Dillard University continues to develop and refine its strategic plan under its new president, student success continues to be its underlying theme. Dillard addresses the needs of its students through the Student Integration Model for Success (SIMS). The basic premise of the SIMS model is that academic, social, psychological, financial, career, spiritual and administration integration are essential to student retention and success.


The Mentoring Relationship: Perspectives from a Faculty Mentor and Graduate Student
Presenter(s): Linda Blake, Ph.D., Daydra Jones, MPA

Literature supports the importance of finding the right mentor to assist in ones advancing career (Dahlvig, 2010). However, finding a mentor who will be a good match and has the time to devote to the mentoring process is another story. This presentation examines strategies for finding mentor from the perspective of a graduate student as well as a faculty member. The benefits and boundaries of that relationship will also be examined.


I Am More Than My Hair: Exploring Professionalism for African Americans
Presenter(s): Dr. Kevin A. Dougherty, Dr. Aaron J. Hart

When discussing professional appearance, some common questions that Black men and women, who have long or natural hair, have to ask is, "What do I do with my hair? Should I cut it? Should I straighten it? Or can I wear it natural?" The answers may be simple for some, but for a lot of Black men and women, the answers are difficult as this decision could dictate how far they may go in their career. While using racial identity theory as a foundation, this program will delve into experiences of Black men and women regarding professional appearance.


Shared Investment and Commitment to Scholarship
Presenter(s): Doreen B. Hilton, LaDelle Olion, Noran L. Moffett

At institutions with heavy teaching loads, faculty members face the reality and challenge of balancing requirements of teaching, research, publishing, and service. Budget cuts in higher education necessitate generating creative yet economical strategies to meet these requirements. This session discusses strategies that can be implemented with very small budgets to support, nurture, and enhance a culture of scholarship that highlights research and publications and promotes advancement in higher education.


How Do We Get Them To Come and Stay Engaged?
Presenter(s): Dr. Ronald Hopkins, Dr. Jerrel Wade, Dr. Alexander Okwonna, Dr. Lamar McWaine, Dr. Jerry Wallace Jr.

We All Know That Student Apathy Is A Major Problem In Getting Our Males Of Color To Get Involved On Campus. Learn How The San Jacinto College District's Men of Honor Program Has Been Successful At Recruiting And Getting Buy-In From There Student Program Participants.


Tips on Shuffle: Career Workshops within a Peer Support Program
Presenter(s): Kimberly L. Weatherly Ed.D.

The growing multiethnic nature of education and training environments makes it dire that academic and student affairs professionals, especially those working in multicultural sub-communities within predominantly White learning environments, address deficiencies out side of the classroom regarding career preparedness. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss career and life skill workshops that aid in preparing students of color for the work force within a freshman Peer Support Program.

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