Coming February 22: “Black Places: Learning from Black Campus Life” WebinarRelease Date: February 04 2022
Antar Tichavakunda, professor and author
In partnership with the University of Florida’s African American Studies Program, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, the Graduate School is sponsoring a webinar, “Black Places: Learning from Black Campus Life,” slated for Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
This online event will feature Dr. Antar Tichavakunda, University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and author of Black Campus Life: The Worlds Black Students Make at a Historically White Institution.
Dr. Tichavakunda will discuss findings from his year-long ethnography of Black engineering students at a historically White institution, detailed in his book. His work explores how different campus communities and social worlds shape the experience of Black students, challenges assumptions about the “racial climate” on college campuses, and argues that Black collegians are more than the racism they endure.
As one reviewer noted, “Tichavakunda effortlessly interweaves theory and empirical research, using interviews, archival documents, and institutional data to paint a rich picture of student life. Black students are depicted multidimensionally, as whole persons, not jus the sum of their identities” (Crystal Renée Chambers, author of Law and Social Justice in Higher Education).
A Washington DC native reared in its public school system, Dr. Tichavakunda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies/Policy (Brown University, 2011), a Master of Education degree (George Mason University, 2013), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy (University of Southern California, 2018). Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as an 11th grade teacher in Washington DC schools. His research as an academician examines, from a sociological perspective, how higher education can shape a more equitable society.
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