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AABHE Breakout Sessions


Saturday, March 25, @ 9:00-9:50am


Promoting social justice in postsecondary education

La Raissa Davis-Morris

Conversations concerning social justice and equity can be incorporated into many aspects of the postsecondary experience.  These conversations are more than ever important as key issues concerning racial tensions, immigration, transgender issues, homelessness/hunger, police brutality, and mental health concerns and stigmas continue to confront our society at alarming rates.   Movements established and led by students such as generation z (a highly cause-oriented generation) demonstrate

the importance of including college students into the equation of eliminating the inequities that exist in our society.


Jumpstarting your Brain for Educational Success

Marcia Harris

"Jumpstarting your Brain for Educational Success" presentation focuses on "endless" brain energy as well as added value through a "YOUnique" Whole Brain Strategy resulting in enormous person growth and insight for leaders and educators defining/reflecting your core, your significance in personal and educational success.  Participants will leave with a plan of action prompting them to act with a sense of urgency for Education, Equity, and Social Justice.


The Impact of Ethics and Faith on Leadership

Emetrude Lewis

This phenomenological qualitative study explored the connection between ethics and faith and impact that such connection has on the leadership styles of Black women in Institutions of higher education. Throughout the past few years it appears there is a proliferation of women entering roles that were traditionally occupied by their male counterparts. Specifically, leadership has usually been socially constructed as a patriarchal influenced endeavor with special challenges and pitfalls for women. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to understand the role and impact of ethics and faith on the leadership styles of Black women in higher education.


Marrying Intersectionality with Cultural Competency:Modeling retention Strategies for the 21st Century

Betty Overton, Kim Barber

Higher education is the doorway to economic empowerment for many persons, and especially students of color.  However, many students fail to reach that empowerment because they fail to graduate. Research studies have linked effective retention and matriculation to the cultural competence skills of faculty and staff to engage students and support their development through the college years. As student populations on campuses become more diverse, the cultural competence skills of staff may need to be augmented by marrying them to the realities of students' multiple intersecting identities that combine to impact their college experience. This session examines a proposed model of overlapping retention strategies related to cultural competence and intersectionality.


Saturday, March 25, @ 10:00-10:50am


IAAMCS: A Unifying, Collaborative Framework for Building STEM Social Capital 

LaVar Charleston, Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Edward C. Dillon, Jr., Juan E. Gilbert,

African Americans represent 1.3% of all computing sciences faculty in PhD-granting departments, underscoring severe underrepresentation at the tenure-track level. An NSF-funded predecessor to the proposed framework was proven effective in increasing African American tenure-track faculty hires by 11%. This interactive symposium provides data and describes an innovative mentoring program, the lnstitute for African American Mentoring in Computer Sciences, that builds upon this success model and demonstrates its collective impact and effectiveness by developing: social capital among participants, strategic partnerships, and innovative mentorship strategies and opportunities.


Engaged Scholarship:  Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact

Douglas Craddock, Dr. George Daniels

The 2014 establishment of the My Brother's Keeper Initiative illustrated the need for additional attention and resources dedicated to the lives of boys and men of color (BMOC).  By enacting a series of partnerships between for-profit and non-profit organizations, education agencies, government entities, and every day working individuals it could be beneficial to these group of people.  The call for action displayed not only a level of concern and but a glimpse of hope for the lives of boys and men of color. 


Implications of Student Engagement Pathways for First-Year College Students

Rosetta Dingle

Student engagement may be defined as a student's interaction with all facets of the college environment in and out of the classroom. Strategies of student engagement components consist of motivational theories reported to be related to undergraduates  retention and persistence rates. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to (a) review the literature for engagement factors of first-year college students, (b) discuss two possible pathways for engagement components reviewed, and (c) present implied effects of engagement components on the persistence and retention of first-year students.


Hashtag What? Understanding How to Use Technology and Social Media

Jamila Maxie

As institutions become more reliant on technology, leaders must be equipped with a minimum understanding of technologies. Do you know how to use a hashtag?  How about Twitter?  If you don't know how to use these social media, you are not alone! This session will provide an overview of basic technological terms including those used in social media.  So bring your smartphone or tablet for an interactive learning experience. 


Double Consciousness: Truly figuring out which me I am Suppose to Be

Shonta Smith

Participants will discuss and analyze racial/ethnic identity outcomes and processes and its impact on teaching and learning.  In cooperative learning groups, participants will engage in culturally responsive dialogues exploring why some students struggle with self-identity and how it impedes academic success.   


Saturday, March 25, @ 11:00-11:50am


Black & Male at a PWI: Lifting & Climbing

Emmanuel Little

The so-called "Black male problem" in education has received much attention in national headlines and research circles in recent years. However, less focus has been placed on the solutions to the challenges Black male students face.  This presentation focuses on two impactful programs boosting Black male success at Georgia College in the form of the African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) and Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program. Attendees gain insight through detailed information about programmatic infrastructure, student experiences and key outcomes.


Priming the B-School Academic Pumps…At both the Faculty and Candidate Levels

Kelvyn Moore, Motressa Washington

Just as the corporate business suite needs an ‘inclusionary’ strategic change, so does the academic boardroom, including both the academic mid-level and c-suite. As is the case in many disciplines, the business disciplines sorely need more faculty members of color.  Bentley University has embarked on a strategic plan to increase the pipeline of MBA and Faculty candidates through the creation of relationships with national partners and regional institutions to enhance the preparedness, and skill levels of participants at all levels of their academic journey. Two disparate but complimentary events, held within a short time span of each other, led to successful outcomes for participants and had a direct impact on the ‘diversification’ of the b-school university landscape.


HSTA, Building College & Career Success through Summer Camps

Charline Rowland

The Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) is a precollege program in West Virginia that helps underrepresented high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA students engage in a rigorous academic program that involves afterschool and summer components. Data has shown that HSTA has enabled rural, women, first generation and African Americans to attain college and career success.


Finding My Way: Navigating the World of Higher Education as First-Generation Practitioner

Marquis Taylor

A plethora of scholarship has been devoted to the experience of first-generation students at the undergraduate level. Yet few scholars have examined the experience of first-generation student affairs practitioners and their adjustment to the field. Using two of Schlossberg’s most cited theories as a conceptual framework, this interactive presentation aims to discuss the unique transition that first-generation practitioners face and how institutions can work to support their professional and personal development.


Understanding the search phase of college choice for first-generation student-athletes

Leah Turner

Sixteen percent of all student-athletes under the governing body of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are first-generation. This presentation is the result of a qualitative, phenomenological case study investigating the college choice of eight NCAA Division II student-athletes who are also first-generation college students. Participants were presented questions concerning three phases of the college choice process: predisposition, search, and choice. Answers regarding the search phase reveal that this population places emphasis on additional college choice factors due to their athletic statuses, which can affect access, affordability, retention, student engagement, degree completion, and satisfaction. Understanding this process for student-athletes who are first in their families to enroll in post-secondary institutions is essential in addressing prevalent higher education issues for this population. Discussion regarding the institutional decisions of these students informs strategic enrollment management and other institutional matriculation policies for colleges and universities. This study also provides guidance to the most essential advocates of the college choice process by creating a platform for discussion in the areas of marketing, recruiting, application, and admission. 


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