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fb it's big from the university of texas and i can hardly wait for this conference to get underway because that's all we're at my purse and how old mentor that's the tradition of the didn't find problems and providing solutions to the famed in a timely manner for your insight and wisdom that before there are no offices of the first of the matisse floor and m university after america's a very strained difficulty
moving through the american education system ever since the seventeenth century when the first legal restrictions were enacted as africans been educated in this country and it in a parade of comedic a forgetful and m university the vive a special motto is a digital strategies to increase to retention although many were concerned about africa americans do to a tension there was a national forum the pacific league addressed the problem first coverage was designed to address the concerns of historically black colleges and universities or drive the convert is a patient about the american students in higher education i'm john ensign john and welcome to another edition of in black america this week we continue our focus on the impact of culture differences all the educational experiences of minority students back to gloria dickinson in black american campuses as some of the others an effective never had to us ally league provides you with some free campus tours and there's some
better guano are doing that causes that during the sessions but the days of the couples we are reaching an hour cook contends sessions and we had a number of papers you that we had to open up an additional so both of you and this year we had the man we always encourage student protests haitian and i don't know if they are here but we have why the pre registration of students either the state is even worse than his police van and that he had thank you melissa sandman and we even had to stand as the university of alaska as the billionaire it is the ligament from every place and we ascertained job we have students who are presenting papers that made note
of that in the outcomes look to support him do that and they haven't a student panel on saturday as well as a workshop on friday one of the major issues facing college administrator says the changing demographics in our society how to manage it and it's expected impact on social cultural environment of colleges and universities causes of the nineties and beyond will be welcoming students one linguistic lead economically and racially different from what has been american norm a majority campuses as a result students or faculty will be struggling to coexist with a newfound changing diversity an orientation and this week's program we continue our focus on him tackle cultural differences on the education expresses the minority students are back in laura dickinson shia person after american studies trends state college back to gloria dickinson i'd like to take a few minutes to talk about ways in which we can use cultural identity
to enhance student retention one of the reasons why this conference came into being and continues to exist is because we know that there are many programs throughout the country that purport to be about retention that don't work and one of the ways that people can find out about those programs that do work and have been successful is by attending the retention conference and having the opportunity to do that work with people from throughout the country who have developed models and strategies that we find have been affected however the question still remains how can cultural differences be used to positively impact upon the retention of african diaspora students cultural identity and war the lack thereof impacts retention at each step of the process and i would assert that the answer to this question is to fall because the endeavor itself has dual components
the first part of the problem if you will in terms of using cultural identity is the agenda for parents students mentors guidance counselors working during those last two years of high school to identify an institution the second component is what we as educators administrators can do with in the context of our own institutions one i think the first thing that we have to understand that it's very important for us to make sure that students identify schools that value and respect the importance of african centered curriculum and coke regular initiatives because we know that the skulls that have implemented programs that are serious that have a viable academic component that have a realistic art students a
core component on the ones on the campuses that today show the best records in terms of retaining african american students if we reveal the literature that's available will note that the ever increasing number of rides specifically targeted african american audiences continues to proliferate i would argue that these guys be used in concert with their mainstream predecessors such as physics or barack but that they also be used very judiciously and with caution it is still the institution's advantage to last or the illusion of successful diversity initiatives and in many instances it is the office of college related to a public relations that forwards the information that we end up finding in these guys in their introduction to the nineteen ninety three publications the one hundred best colleges and universities for african
american students earlier wilson the compiler notes while the majority of this country's more than one million african americans college students are attending predominantly white institutions and the competition for the students is fierce shi furman notes that readers should quote know that many colleges and universities are attempting to attract african americans to their schools with offers of money and special programs that are often difficult to resist nevertheless do this election should be based on a number of factors including the academic programs at the institution and this environment for african americans the existence of academic support and counseling programs the interest of faculty and staff special social and cultural activities and finally the overall climate of racial understanding and tolerance she notes that is the existence of these types of initiatives
there have been a part of the research is in in romans and demands or positions in historically black colleges and universities that we have observed over the past five years in particular now i work for two examples of my assertions regarding the fact that institutions have vested interests and that in working at the pre college state we ought to be very careful and i use while since less than threaten state college because my first example she compiled the book by contacting college relations office it's no one on our campus in the minority staff or faculty knew that the college had been contacted or selected as one of the one hundred best institutions until the book was published and we received notification from the office about relations none of the black faculty and staff were
contacted none of the black students were contacted the information was taken from the institution's project documents and she says in the introduction that says the methodology she used for compiling the entire book so so on the more interesting notations percentage of african american graduates not available prominent african american graduates not available attack the son of us many african americans graduates including one young woman whoa is a an attorney in washington dc and one of the few black women in this country are specializing in buns but that data collection mechanism where the airport and right just use this as an example to urge you to
use the bags designed for black students in concert with the mainstream guides but to also take the greatest job with it another example as well as where yes this is a problem from one of the football programs this semester will have mercy of texas at austin the table of contents witches are played a spotlight and what's unfortunately that it outside their business its entirety of his camera and the goal is that focuses on dr sheela walker pole is the new director of the university of texas is our center for research on african and african american studies she did not know that she was going to be featured as she said in of all places
the football program but it was steely institutions advantage to give as much visibility as possible to the fact that she is now part of the academic community what people don't realize is that this is a research institute she's not really teaching ah but the impression that one gets from glancing at the football program reading this article would she tell me he has appeared in a number of other publications odd not only in austin but throughout the state of texas is it that there is a presence on that campus that is not necessarily what the printed material would lead us to believe i'd say all of the effects you know what hit us to do what we all know how to do and that is go back to the sources that
have served us best rapper generation and that is the oral traditions of the black community ask people i asked five black students on the campus start out black faculty and staff and administrators and asked them is this a supportive environment oddly it may be supportive for one type of student and not supportive or another for status or particularly radisson it might not be the right school for them are a more outgoing and gregarious tuna might find then he or she it's in the right place or on think that we need to remember is that we can't rely exclusively upon the marina documents whether they are coming from external sources where they are in house publications and that we do have to use more are our innovative investigated techniques and tactics and when we attempt
to identify those schools that do you have a regular and co curricular programs that are supportive to african american students this part of the answer to the question of how cultural differences can be used to positively impact upon the retention of african diaspora stevens focuses upon the responsibilities that we in this room we know that retention the areas and direct correlation to curricular and co curriculum initiatives still recent experiments at historically black colleges wanted to remove the other at clark atlanta have shown that with a well designed academic police south african centered curriculum in the freshman year the retention rates can be dramatically impacted and affected
i had the opportunity to work on the textbook that is used in the odd to cut water the text that is used in the to blue program i've done some consulting work at clark atlanta and have remained in contact with the people who were in charge of the retention program there in both instances what the institutions have found is something that we all not just because students are black it doesn't mean that they have an academic grounding in african or african american or afro caribbean or any other type of african diaspora studies they buy a large have been the product's all the euro centered education and we noted that means that you have a curriculum we're europe is at its center are falling and with europe is the point of importation use the example of the study of columbus most of us learn the pollen and forty ninety two
columbus sailed the ocean below etc etc are the reality is you can discover something that already exists like some people had been here before columbus arm that is not viable or valid point at which to begin teaching american history the importance of the columbus' voyage or the fact that it changed the whole world but it's not the beginning if you were to use what we would call an afrocentric or an african centric approach it would be to place things in chronological order i'm not going to try and deal with all of the paper pedagogical issues in terms of definitions of afro center is an afro centric city i'm using a very literal definition at this point for these purposes afrocentric meaning african centered ah placing things inequality as opposed to euro centric meaning
european center and using european contact with the people in a land mass at some point a beginning your study or discussion all this area of the world it's my contention that combination of curriculum initiatives and the student services infusions increase student retention on majority campuses just as we have found that they haven't worked on the htc nuclear forces any young black students and white universities that the bruce cairns a chairman of an african studies at syracuse university points out one quote it is important to stress the need for change and terminology used to refer to a technical culturally differentiated groups of people the term i nodded for example is laden with stereotypical image is the trump lost his expectations of inability and pathology is often
it is also going to emphasize his call for a pluralistic approach goes well beyond just another rejection of the euro centric bias that has traditionally dominated american education we're calling here for a fundamental change in the university's self image and a commensurate change and it's educational and curricular approach to universities multi ethnic student population in our course is our discourse our program planning our meetings that we have to remain vigilant in rejecting the marginalization that she'll often marks the resources allocated to african american students and programs that pertain to students of color also progress in initiatives that pertain to faculty and staff of color we can look at a school like university of pennsylvania that has special housing they have support
programs that have some of the top scholars in african and african american studies in the country that has a viable african american studies program that sponsors seminars and lectures with real scholars who are doing real research as opposed to read rejections and what we find is that it is a plan that has produced used an activist of the mines it's a replay of exactly what we've seen in the past that though students who know they or who have a sense of your history we'll understand the liberation struggle as it has existed throughout the world and to understand that the study of people of african ancestry is not a marginalized activity then the ones whose consciousness seems to be raised first we see the same thing happening at howard university in terms of just a long tradition of activism and serious scholarship the same model
can serve as a guide to those of us war on predominantly white campuses whether adequate funding and i'd i'd like to underline that about ten times it was the best what is debilitating most of our programs the fact that we're asked to run a program on a ballot and ninety nine cents while another a horrible it's a component of the institution it's given a hundred times what you have in terms of dollars and then they stumble watch are going to sign a well we don't have the money i think if we look at the campuses that reliable serious about here we can see that they have been able to retain their students because the students have indeed been in a supportive environment i urge you all to read the last page
of the november fourth black issues in higher ed an article by dr val attack the rest of the cushy talks hear now about the importance of african centered studies to the curriculum but also to the fact that we have to begin to look at a global initiative that it's not just about people of african ancestry in trenton or in north america but that we're looking at a lull initiative in terms of the scholarship the research the oppression of these responses to oppression and that one of the things we have an obligation to help our students understand is that quote armpit that they can't should be able to draw connections between people of color in africa and the americas and around the world so that they will be ready for the twenty first century we have
an obligation to insure that our students can discern the actual from the actual know we were all very pleased with by police school days and times of these different were on the popularity of a black politician see as a result of us production unfortunately we have a lot of students who think that that's a reality and we have an obligation to help them to understand that they need to know or they are so that they can help with the realities of life in nineteen ninety three i mean for you to the philadelphia inquirer september sixteenth nineteen ninety three graduation rate among blacks show salim name sun hitting the pay gap with whites remained high and the article goes on to look at the census data that shows is that all about more and more african american students are graduating from college the pay gap between
they and their white counterparts huntsman used to be at substantial well if students are not replay year for that reality it can be devastating and they become dysfunctional the way that uber and their lives to help them understand the racism is still a reality and that they have to be prepared to cope with that i would also refer you i don't know how many of you have seen this last week's newsweek the hidden rage of successful blacks i think it's an article that we all need to not only read but laminate what next to your big your nine ninth day and i mean this is a piece that i think will help us also understand it would not crazy that we are hard fought a larger hole and then the are many many other african americans professionals who feel the same way
that we do we need to prepare our students for that i urge you to keep but they continue to fight the good fight and know that those of you who want predominantly white campuses are fighting bob a very difficult battle and that we all face the same problems i think we can look to the schools that have used african diaspora studies as a way of retaining students as a model to help lessen the future plans to gloria did his own joe person in american studies church in state college next week on black america we conclude our focus on the impact of coal to differences on the education expresses a minority students with dr koh i've always lab or less cultural differences on education of black students is shockingly realistic an extremely tragic animation was that vast resources and intellect we as educators
must understand that describes the womack go oh i'll be over in the next decade it takes concentration at the elementary level continuous through high school before we can begin to address three kitchen at the college level now you ask me the question how do you address the prices because the situation in education has to reach the point prices it becomes imperative that we began to design and implement programs and strategies which will address the prices at all levels i was very pleased to hear you know what we know now saying that her heart is with the elementary schools where my heart is there too because as a professor in education i go into the schools all the time and certainly while working with attention on the college level i say to myself i think so much potential
and both elementary and high schools but these kids have no one to how they looked at me and said this that part is so far from what we have to do well i tell them we're here to work something out we want to do what we can to help you apply to become a top like artisanal of you have read reports about infighting palmer caller tells us that mr the collaboration between and among people in the community in particular audie bachmann a parents teachers at the manager thought this will enact a fabric in city college approached a partnership is what i really want to talk with you about today in terms of religion on k through twelve and so that we will have high school students cameron's retention model in terms of partnership can be a blueprint
of action for all of us i'm in i am especially pleased today to report to you that duke university my own institution has implemented an assistant with several programs embodied in the partnership approach some of the economic data discuss them at length with you i was a variety of house or private programs including like the dew damp bowels bass track chance is gmo the monarchy and mentorship program still about to services on a factor in any number of fraternal as to market products back to kill i'll always that more next week on in black america if you have a question or a comment or suggestions as to future and black america programs write us how like to thank for an university for their assistance and the production of this program you then
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