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Some Thoughts About What Makes STEM Education and Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Unique

Posted on Mar 26, 2020 by Claudia Rankins

Pointing to a common element that distinguishes Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from other institutions of higher education (IHE) in terms of success for Black students, is difficult. HBCU institutions come in all types. Some HBCUs are large research intensive (more or less state supported) institutions, some are public or private liberal arts institutions with a focus on ... Read More

The “Dome of Security” at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Posted on Jul 09, 2019 by Claudia Rankins

In September 2016, I interviewed Dr. Michael Watson, Associate Professor of Physics at Fisk University. I have known Michael as a student in my Calculus classes at Hampton University in the mid-1980s, and later as a fellow Ph.D. student in Hampton’s Physics program. I studied theoretical particle physics, Michael studied plasma physics. I was at Fisk University to talk to Michael, a Black Physics ... Read More

The Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM – A Showcase of Talent and Promise for the Future

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 by Claudia Rankins

When I was a faculty member at Hampton University, one of my favorite activities was accompanying a group of STEM students to the Historically Black College and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Conference. These annual conferences were held at universities like Albany State, Southern in New Orleans, North Carolina A&T, to name a few, and gave students from HBCU-UP funded institutions ... Read More

At the Soul of Leadership – the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 by Claudia Rankins

When I left my tenured position at Hampton University ten years ago, I envisioned having an impact on STEM research and education at ALL Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). My career at my alma mater spanned 22 years and I held many positions - starting as an instructor, ending as the dean of the School of Science. Since then, I have worked tirelessly as the lead program officer ... Read More