Here's a small sampling of the work that's currently driving me crazy.

Should we pay DI athletes? 

This project uses self-report survey, interview, and focus data to map academic interactions, perceptions, and progress to appraise the value of athletic scholarships as primary compensation for football and men's basketball players at DI colleges and universities. 

Racial Equity and Academic experiences among Di Athletes

In today’s economy, college degrees mean more to one’s life chances than ever. Though not insulation from the increased discrimination experienced by educated blacks, a college degree increases the likelihood of a black man securing a job by 20 percentage points, twice that of whites.  Historically, athletic participation (and the corresponding scholarship) has been one mechanism by which black men are able to increase opportunities for success. However, the majority of black male student athletes leave college without a degree or a professional sports career, rendering unclear the roles of black male student athletes on college campuses. This project uses survey, interview, and focus group data sets to develop and refine strategies for improving their academic experiences which may lead to an increase in the retention and graduation rates of black male student athletes.

 

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Mapping Belonging and Identity on a college campus

This research uses interdisciplinary methods (sociology, environmental studies, psychology) to examine research questions directly related to students lived experiences on campus. The project explores the impact of physical spaces on a college campus to students’ sense of belonging.

 

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Some lessons you can't help but learn.

Blackademics

Blackademics is an auto-ethnographic account of the life lessons I’ve learned as a divorced black girl with a Ph.D. Equal parts cultural critique, memoir, and appraisal of institutional racism in the U.S. education system, this book uses a series of anecdotes to explore my experiences as a black girl from Minnesota who grew up to be a doctor.