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Structure of the Summit Meeting
 Purpose: To bring together HBCU graduate deans and
black graduate deans from PWIs for forthright discussions
and to plan ways to work collaboratively and effectively in
addressing issues of common concern.
 Method: Worked in 4 groups to generate discussions to
produce workable recommendations and plans.
 Participants: 22 Graduate Deans from HBCUs and PWIs
Between Graduate
Deans at HBCUs and
Barriers to Trust
 Shallow Partnerships
 Improper mentoring of students that come to PWIs
 PWIs focusing on meeting quotas for URMs
 PWIs bias toward towards the “so called” pedigree
Mitigating Barriers
 Meaningful invested agreements/partnerships
 Training faculty and administrators for
mentoring URMs
 Deans to integrate diversity measures to
encourage favorable admissions
 Increase participation in CHBGS
 Increase interactions between PWIs and HBCUs
 Meaningful relationships to break down
Approaches to
Increase the # of
Black Students into
Viable Graduate
“Viable Graduate Programs”
 Successful Outcomes: good job opportunities and
career advancement
 Adequate support systems
 High demand programs
 Good graduation rates
 Pipelines/portals/networks
 Previous students as ambassadors
 Partnerships and alliances
 Support from top administrators
 Commitment to student retention and graduation
 Role of Black Deans at PWIs as change agents
 Close relationships between HBCUs and PWIs to
recruit and support graduate students
 Transition programs for graduate school
Increase #s of Black
Ph.D. Recipients with
Attention to the
Disproportionate # of
Black Males
General Points and Observations
 Need for funding to recruit and support Black males
 Partnerships between PWIs and HBCUs can provide
effective channel into Ph.D. Programs
 Students often begin planning for graduate school late
 Many Black males do not follow the traditional path to
graduate school
Possible Approaches
 Mentoring and advising students about graduate
 Effective and purposeful department advising
 Bridge programs at HBCUs focusing on transitioning
to the graduate education culture.
 Undergraduate student workshops about graduate
Involving Black Males Earning PhD
 Lead campus workshops for Black men
 Use of social networks to include graduate students
 Promote the influence of Black male PhD student role
models as well as PhD recipients
Virtual Mentoring
 Webinar series with Black high school, undergraduate,
and graduate students interacting
 Nationally visible successful Black figure as speaker
 On-campus leaders to engage students in follow-up
discussion on graduate school
Collaborations Between
HBCUs and PWI to
Establish Funding to
Support Students and
 Develop a catalog of degrees offered at HBCUs
 Create bridge programs and other partnerships to
transition students between HBCUs and PWIs
 Recruit undergraduate minority students at PWIs for
programs at HBCUs
 Intra-institutional and inter-institutional BS-MS dual
degree programs at HBCUs and PWIs
 Expand research opportunities at PWIs for students
from HBCUs
 Linking students with research faculty
 Research funding for undergraduate students via
supplements to faculty member’s existing grants
 Secure funding for students transitioning from MS to
PhD: Proposals and supplements to faculty grants
 Expand collaborations between PWIs and HBCUs
through faculty research collaborations
 Create pre-doc and post-doc teacher-training
programs using HBCU platforms
 Encourage Black Ph.D. graduates to consider careers at
 Educate the governance structure at HBCUs about the
importance of graduate education
 Building meaningful partnerships between PWIs and
HBCUs: Focus on people
 Need for bridge programs to provide pipeline and
transition support
 Need for support and commitment from top
administrators and university
 Need to address biases, stereotypes, and diversity in
meaningful ways
 Need for effective mentoring and advisement
 Need for collaborations between graduate deans at
HBCUs and PWIs
 Research opportunities for faculty and students:
Collaborations between HBCUs and PWIs
 More effective means of show casing the “gems” at
HBCUs: students, faculty, programs, research
Special Thanks
 Dr. Henry Frierson and Dr. Carolyn
Hodges for their vision for the summit
and bringing it to fruition
 Dr. Shirley Malcom (American
Association for the Advancement of
Science) for hosting the meeting
 To all graduate school deans who participated in the
summit meeting:
Cosmos Nwokeafor—Bowie State University
Paula McClain—Duke University
Dwight McBride—Northwestern University
George Herts—University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Brian Blake—University of Miami
Carolyn Hodges—University of Tennessee-Knoxville
 Patrena Benton--Hampton
 Dorris Robinson-Gardner—Jackson State University
 Maria Lima--Meharry
 Sanjiv Sarin—North Carolina A&T State University
 Karen Weddle-West—University of Memphis
 Jennifer Keane-Dawes—University of Maryland
Eastern Shores
 Betty Clark—Clark-Atlanta University
 Gregory Maddox—Texas Southern University
 Mark Smith—Georgia Institute of Technology
 Verian Thomas—Florida A&M University
 James Wimbush—Indiana University
 Anna Holloway—Fort Valley State University
 Mark Garrison—Morgan State University
 Caesar Jackson—North Carolina Central
 Doreen Hilton—Fayetteville State University
 Henry Frierson—University of Florida
Part II
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