Highlighting the voices and experiences of Black graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), this book features the perspectives of students from a variety of academic backgrounds and institutional settings. Contributors discuss their motivation to attend an HBCU for graduate studies, their experiences, and how these helped prepare them for their career. To be prepared to serve the increasing number of Black students with access to graduate programs at HBCUs, university administrators, faculty, and staff require a better understanding of these students’ needs and how to meet them. Addressing some of today’s most urgent issues and educational challenges, this book expands the literature on HBCUs and provides insight into the role their graduate schools play in building a diverse academic and professional community.
Introduction 1. Contextualizing Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Robert T. Palmer, Larry J. Walker, Ramon B. Goings, Charmaine Troy, Chaz T. Gipson, and Felecia Commodore 2. A Strange Song in a Familiar Land Lamar Hylton 3. Journey to the PhD: A Personal Narrative of Doctoral Studies at an HBCU Tiffany F. Boykin 4. Graduate Level Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Three Part Qualitative Exposition Antonio L. Ellis, Christopher N. Smith, and Janatus A. Barnett 5. Back to the Roots Sheree Alexander 6. Praise for the Bridge: My Doctoral Journey at Morgan State University Kimberly Hardy 7. Free to Conduct Research of Race and Racism in My West Baltimore Community Julius Davis 8. The Historically Black College and University Family: A Perspective on a Graduate Level Online Accelerated Cohort Program Kimberly R. Eldridge 9. Twice the Experiences: Graduate School at Two Comprehensive Public HBCUs Stevie L. Lawrence II 10. The Significant Value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Tara D. Miller 11. A Liberating Spirituality: Evaluating Theological Education at a Black Graduate School Herbert Robinson Marbury 12. Strange Fruit: The Contribution of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to the Development of the Black Intelligentsia F. Abron Franklin