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AABHE Breakout Sessions



Thursday, March 23 @ 1:30-2:20pm



Coaching for Success in Life Takes a Family Approach

Thomas Easley, Ray Person

Successful coaching strategies that promote and result in academic success for students of color at Historically White Institutions include investing in the students, extending yourself as a professional, and including the family throughout the process. Merging personal coaching with recreational activities has helped in developing relevant steps to assist students from underserved populations.


Colorblind: The Truth about Race and Racism in America

Atrayus Goode

Even 50 years after significant civil rights gains, race continues to shape the outcomes of all institutions. While the US grows more diverse, people of color ”in particular black Americans” have significantly poorer life outcomes than whites. With this in mind, it is important to account for the impact of systemic and institutionalized racism on communities of color. In this presentation, I will explore the foundations of institutionalized racism, how racism manifests itself at multiple levels, and how counter narratives challenge the racial social construct.


Demanding respect: Academic persistence strategies among Black women at PWI's

Seanna Leath

Literature suggests that Black college women's experiences at predominantly White institutions are shaped by the intersections of race, class, and gender, but little work has explored this area. Several questions guided our study: What types of academic challenges do lower-income Black female students confront that threaten their persistence? What strategies do these students use to remain persistent amidst academic challenges? Our findings indicate that Black women utilize self-motivation, family and friend support, institutional support, and the desire to counter negative stereotypes to remain persistent.


Social Justice Alternative Service Break (ASB) Opportunities to Increase Student Engagement

Tracey Ray, John Miller

This session explores a model to expand Alternative Service Break (ASB) opportunities at N.C. State University, as designed with African American students as a key target population and issues of race as a primary function of education/research. It should


Pubic Deliberation: Creating Space for Racial Justice

Brian Rowland, Lea Webb, Diversity Specialist, Scott Corley, Lisa Blitz, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor,

This presentation will introduce participants to how public deliberation, a civic engagement approach associated with the Kettering Foundation and practices drawn from the community-based dialogue model developed by the National Issues Forums (NIF), can help higher education institutions address and engage issues of race relations. This session will examine best practices for developing dialogue around racial justice between universities, community colleges, and the surrounding community. In addition we will identify methods for institutional efforts at transformation, organizing, and building capacity for alliances/coalitions across cultural differences.


Thursday, March 23 @ 2:30-3:20pm



Emerging Practices That Enhance Diversity in Forestry and Other Natural Resources Disciplines

Thomas Easley, Sam Cook

In the College of Natural Resource, we have developed are connecting programs together that help form a pipeline into our majors/disciplines. We need to take a new approach to exposing our youth and community to these fields in a way that includes the family.


Conflict Resolution: Strategies for Diffusing Stuff/Organizational Noise

Kim Kirkland, Margo Foreman

People complain about almost anything and everything. Stuff Something That U Find Frustrating can occur because of an unintentional cultural misstep or a failure to communicate which may also be grounded in culture.  This session benefits leaders (supervisors, managers, directors, etc.) that manage conflict at any level to identify Stuff/organizational noise framed as illegal harassment/discrimination.  This session provides strategies for diffusing organizational noise that can ultimately culminate in conflict, if left without redress.


Recruiting and Sustaining Black Student Participation in Undergraduate Research

Buffie Longmire-Avital, Cherrel Miller-Dyce, Damion Blake

The benefits for minority students participating in undergraduate research; an academically rigorous and prestigious experiential learning experience, are numerous. The opportunity to engage in high-quality experiential learning is essential to current and future success in both academic and non-academic settings. The purpose of this interactive session is to engage in a discussion reflecting on the established best practices for engaging Black students in undergraduate research as well as the often cited challenges or barriers and to contextualize these findings from both institutional and discipline perspectives.


Black Minds Matter: Using Innovation Management Strategies of COPE model to Retain Young Black Academics (YBAs)

Erin Lynch-Alexander

Black Minds Matter is a philosophical movement toward recruitment and retention of Black Academics. The use of Innovation Management (IM) principles in IHEs could potentially provide outlets of empowerment for URM that would increase retention. This presentation will provide an introduction to IM for IHE administrators, explain strategic partnership development to increase intellectual capital, and provide implications to increase diversity retention rates for young Black faculty. 


The cost of success: Narratives of African American (AA) females PhD students at Historically White Institutions (HWI's)

Nicole Oglesby, Tammera S. Moore, DiAnna Washington

Doctoral students are often challenged during their educational experience. Persisting to graduation is different for each student. However, African American women doctoral students attending Historically White Institutions (HWIs) commonly experience feelings of isolation and dissatisfaction in their graduate programs. Utilizing the theoretical framework of Black Feminist Thought (Collins, 2000) this session will unpack the historical and contemporary discourse around African American doctoral students as a way to understand and validate their experiences. 


Thursday, March 23 @ 3:30-4:20pm



Recognizing the Role of HBCUs: Arrive in Pieces, Depart Whole

Consuela Amos, Lorie Proctor, Charlene Stubblefield, Patrick Thomas

Students of color arrive on college campuses with the support of family, church, mentors, and the sheer will to succeed. The HBCU provides a nurturing atmosphere--adding and pouring into students whether they arrived whole (academically prepared) or in pieces (academically unprepared). However, do the individuals who work in these institutions recognize their value in the field of higher education? This proposed study investigates whether HBCUs recognize their role of taking students who are diamonds in the rough and transforming them into jewels of value.


Harnessing Digital Innovations and Leadership Training to Foster Academic Social Justice

Terry Carter

This presentation will attempt to foster a meaningful dialogue about how to use leadership academies and innovations in digital technology as career enhancement resources to shape a meaningful path of productivity in higher education that can complement professional passions while fostering social justice for learners and the faculty that educate them.  


Mitigating exclusionary practices affecting African American Male Participation in Higher Education

Patricia Hoffman-Miller, Matt Virez, Abul Pitre

African American students are subject to back-door exclusionary practices resulting in suspensions, expulsions and disaffection from P-12 institutions. Student exclusionary practices based on district policies thwart the ability of African American Males to successfully complete secondary education requirements, thus negatively impacting their participation rate in higher education. According to a report by the Public Policy Institute (Fabelo, et al., 2011), African-American students and those with particular educational disabilities were disproportionately likely to be removed from the classroom for disciplinary reasons, with African American students experiencing a higher rate of disciplinary exclusion (Fabelo, et al., 2011. This research examined the impact of back-door exclusionary policies on African American Males attending Texas' ten largest school districts.


"Empathetic Social Interactions" as a tool for retaining African-American Students

Chalet Jean-Baptiste

Although African-American students, especially males, have the lowest graduation and retention in higher education, there is still little research or progress made about what can be done and how to solve this dilemma. In order to achieve goals of retention, graduation, and successful citizenship, including employment, "empathetic social interactions" are necessary. These are interactions in which African-American students are personally invested in by the institution, community, leaders, and/or persons of authority (like faculty).


The Emotionally Intelligent Academic Leader: Understanding, Confronting & Conquering

Felicia Tucker-Lively

In today's complex academic institutions, exceptional leaders are more desperately needed than ever before. The skills and attributes associated with emotional intelligence have increasingly been viewed as important predictors of an individual's ability to perform, lead, and adjust to challenges. Emotional intelligence involves emotional awareness, the ability to harness emotions and apply them; and the ability to manage emotions. Understanding, confronting, and conquering emotional intelligence in academia to meet the rigorous demands of leadership will be discussed.


By Any Means: Using Popular Culture & Connects

Erica Russell, Nichole R. Lewis, Christopher Massenburg

Socially, politically, morally, there's a lot going on in the world.  We are in precarious times, and as educators, we are charged to develop critical thinkers that are civically engaged and socially responsible.  At the same time, we are challenged to engage an intergenerational population in important conversations.  It is our goal to develop change-agents with the knowledge and desire to impact positive change.  Thus, this session will explore and demonstrate the use of popular culture and familiar practices to offer creative spaces to engage.


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