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Minority Serving Institutions Initiative Coffee Chat Series: Complicating the Black Student Experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

April 20, 2022, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT

Drawing from findings from a national study involving four HBCUs of different sizes, designations, and mission statements and 80 students, this presentation will discuss the importance of looking at the within-group differences among Black students at HBCUs. Findings that will center this presentation emerged from a larger qualitative study that sought to understand how the political climate encouraged Black students to apply and attend HBCUs. In alignment with the inductive approach of qualitative research, one of the themes that emerged from this study underscored how the HBCU environment facilitated Black students learning about the diversity within the Black community. Conversely, findings also indicated how differences among Black students on HBCU campuses led to exclusion, isolation, and cultural alienation for some students. This presentation will conclude with implications for practice and research for HBCUs and possibly MSIs in general.

Speaker Bio

Robert T. Palmer is chair and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education at Howard University. He is also a faculty affiliate for the Center of Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) at Rutgers University. His research examines issues of access, equity, retention, persistence, and the college experience of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly within the context of historically Black colleges and universities. Palmer’s work has been published in leading journals in higher education, such as The Journal of College Student Development, Teachers College Record, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal of College Student Retention, The Negro Educational Review, and Journal of Black Studies, among others. Since earning his Ph.D. in 2007, Palmer has authored/co-authored well over 150 academic publications. Some of his books include Racial and Ethnic Minority Students’ Success in STEM Education; Black Men in College: Implications for HBCUs and Beyond; Black Graduate Education at HBCUs: Trends, Experiences, and Outcome; Fostering Success of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in STEM: The Role of Minority Serving Institution; Community Colleges and STEM: Examining Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities; STEM Models of Success: Programs, Policies, and Practices; Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Resistance in Higher Education; Understanding HIV and STI Prevention for College Students; Black Men in Higher Education: A Guide to Ensuring Success; Exploring Diversity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Implications for Policy and Practice; Hispanic Serving Institutions: Their Origins, and Present, and Future Challenges; The African American Students’ Guide to STEM Career; Black Men in the Academy: Stories of Resiliency, Inspiration, and Success; and Graduate Education at HBCUs: The Student Perspective. Palmer has been the recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Standing Committee for Men’s Outstanding Research Award; ACPA’s Emerging Scholar Award; the Carlos J. Vallejo Award of Emerging Scholarship from AERA; ASHE’s Mildred García Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award; an Emerging Scholar Recognition from Diverse Issues in Higher Education; and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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April 20, 2022
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
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