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Black Leadership Across Campuses
BLAC Fall 2023 Virtual Symposium @ Rice University
September 22 & 23, 2023

Part of a series of conferences addressing a range of themes that explore the mission and cultural world(s) framed by HBCUs.

​“Black Leadership Across Campuses” (BLAC) – expands our efforts to foster new generations of impactful leaders and recognizes a need to move beyond individual campuses in ways that serve to dismantle the divide between historical Black institutions of higher education (HBCUs) and predominantly white institutions of higher education (PWIs). The goal is to develop and nurture strategies for fostering generations of academic leadership equipped to address issues of justice demanding attention, and to do this in ways that entail collaboration across HBCUs and PWIs.

Friday, September 22, 2023

All times are CST

1:00 PM   

Welcome & Introduction

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Dr. Ahmad Greene-Hayes | Harvard University
Booker T. Washington’s Protestant Coloniality in the Afterlife of the Plantation

2:20 - 3:20 PM

Dr. Carol Hightower Parker | Texas Southern University
Personal, Social, and Cultural Identity Development: My HBCU Experience

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Dr. Jeanelle Hope | Prairie View A&M University

Teaching Black Fugitivity: The Role of HBCUs and African American Studies in the era of Anti-Black Fascism


4:40 - 5:40 PM

Dr. Cheryl Kirk Duggan | Dr. Cheryl Enterprises, LLCCapitalism, Classism, Colorism, and Code Switching: Challenges to Healthy Black Identity in Higher Ed


5:50 - 6:50 PM

Dr. Jakia Marie | Grand Valley State UniversityTies That Bind: HBCUs as a catalyst for identity development and incubator for Pan-African realization

Saturday, September 23, 2023

All times are CST

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Dr. Candy Ratliff | Texas Southern University

HBCUs and Identity Formation: One Heart, Two Worlds


10:10 - 11:10 AM

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn | Virginia Union University

The Irrefutable Power of People: Estimating the Influence of HBCUs on Students’ Personal and Collective Identity Formation

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Dr. Maurice Hobson | Georgia State University

Pressing on for the Prize: The Long Shadow of Jim Crow for Black College Goers in Today’s Society

Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC)

​A Joint-Project by CERCL and the Virginia Union University Center for the Study of HBCUs

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