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Perez-Felkner, Lara; Ford, Jesse Randall; Zhao, Teng; Anthony, Marshall, Jr.; Harrison, Jamaal Andrew; Rahming, Sophia Glenyse – About Campus, 2020
Seventy-five years after the publication of Abraham Maslow's seminal theory on the importance of basic needs (Maslow, 1943), it is now understood that food, housing, and security also matter for college students' learning and success. Sara Goldrick-Rab's (2016) "Paying the Price" cast a spotlight on basic needs insecurity in college,…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Doctoral Students, Security (Psychology), Social Justice
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Lindsey, Janell – About Campus, 2019
American higher education has often been more exclusive than inclusive in its higher education admission practices. Community colleges have greatly assisted in closing the gap of accessing higher education as they have become the chosen college entry point for students of color. Community colleges often remain the first choice for African American…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, Community Colleges, Equal Education
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Oliver, Steven Thurston – About Campus, 2018
Many of us recognize that it is important for black male students to have safe spaces to share their experiences, such as overt racism, microaggressions, and isolation, and connect with other students sharing the same experiences. However, Steven Thurston Oliver points out that, often, when attempts to provide community are just starting to take…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Minority Group Students, College Students
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Black, Ray – About Campus, 2018
Ray Black shares the story of creating the Black Male Think Tank, an informal community for black men at his historically white institution. He tells how black male students turned to him in confusion after charges of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby and various police killings of young black men. The students needed a safe place in which to…
Descriptors: Reflection, Males, Racial Relations, Racial Attitudes
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Shushok, Frank, Jr.; Tatum, Beverly Daniel – About Campus, 2018
In this interview, Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, shares her views of higher education. She notes the historical importance of historically black colleges and universities to our current leadership in all areas of society, their importance in rural areas or other places with limited educational options, and their need…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Black Colleges, African American Students, College Students
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Wortham, Forest B. – About Campus, 2013
Planning programs with learning outcomes that address diversity issues on campus can become fairly routine--a "plug and play" task--for a director of multicultural student affairs at a private, religious, predominantly white liberal arts university. However, connecting with African American and other minority students when they arrived on campus…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Student Diversity, Student Organizations, African American Students
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Wood, J. Luke – About Campus, 2012
"Open access" is a core mission component of the community college. Through this mission, public two-year colleges provide postsecondary opportunities to nearly all individuals desiring further education. However, access is not necessarily synonymous with success. Many students, including black males, have concerning levels of success, or the lack…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Academic Achievement, Males, Educational Strategies
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Jenkins, Toby – About Campus, 2009
An ally, as defined by dictionary.com, is "a person, group, or nation that is associated with others for some common cause or purpose." Therefore, allies are people whose orientation is "outside" of the oppressed group. An ally is often a person who recognizes her privileges and works in alliance with members of oppressed…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Cultural Pluralism, Social Change, Change Agents
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Museus, Samuel D. – About Campus, 2008
Racially themed parties serve multiple functions on college campuses. First, it represent cohesion among members of a campus subculture--usually that of predominantly white student organizations. It is possible or even probable that many black students who heard about the party in the opening vignette questioned whether they were safe at an…
Descriptors: Campuses, Stereotypes, Student Organizations, Cultural Influences
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Patton, Lori D. – About Campus, 2006
This article examines the historical and contemporary context of black culture centers (BCCs) and offers findings from a recent study (conducted by this author) on the role of the centers in the lives of black students attending predominantly white institutions (PWIs). The author's research revealed that these centers make a powerful difference in…
Descriptors: Campuses, Student Attitudes, African American Culture, Leadership
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Kimbrough, Walter M. – About Campus, 2005
In this article, the author addresses the issues surrounding black fraternities and sororities on campus today, shares what he learned about black fraternalism, and presents his thoughts on the subject. Among the concerns facing black fraternal organizations on campus today include: (1) Most chapters had very small numbers; (2) They did not always…
Descriptors: Hazing, Sororities, National Organizations, Fraternities
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Harper, Shaun R. – About Campus, 2005
More than two-thirds of all African American males who begin college never finish. This and a legion of other discouraging facts about African American males are the usual headlines. Sharon Fries-Britt suggests that "the disproportionate focus on Black underachievement in the literature not only distorts the image of the community of Black…
Descriptors: African American Students, Undergraduate Students, Males, High Achievement