The Beach Institute Lecture and Learning Series Presents..“Strategies of Success: African-American Students’ Perspectives On Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates At Predominantly White Colleges and Universities” on- Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris Street
Dr. Alicia Brunson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia Southern University (Armstrong Campus) will discuss the experiences of Black students at predominantly White institutions of higher education in the South. Drawing on extensive research, Dr. Brunson will outline common obstacles leading to attrition and lower graduation rates, and discuss counter-strategies derived from students themselves that portend greater success if supported by the host institution. Rather than a deficit model, focused on what led to undesired results, Dr. Brunson uses a persistence model to bring to light what has worked. Her efforts expand current research about Black student persistence at predominately White institutions of higher education.
The lecture format will consist of one hour of lecture followed by 30 minutes of comment, question, and answer from the audience. Admission is free to the general public.