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Am I my “HBCU Keeper”?

Posted on Mar 09, 2018 by Clytrice Austin-Watson

Am I my HBCU Keeper? If you, your parents, siblings or children graduated from an HBCU, the answer to that question should be a definite “Yes”. During a time when the need and relevance for HBCUs is continuously being questioned and scrutinized, our voices, our actions and our dollars are required now more than ever. As “HBCU keepers”, we must become strong advocates and to be advocates, we must ... Read More

My Mission of Advocacy for Academic Empowerment, Excellence and Student Success at HBCUs

Posted on Oct 02, 2017 by Clytrice Austin-Watson

Greetings. It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Program Director for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining NSF, I served as the Interim Dean for the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology at ... Read More

The HBCU Physics Community Welcomes Two New Physics Departments

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 by Claudia Rankins

As an alumna of the Ph.D. program in Physics at Hampton University, graduating in the first class that was awarded a Ph.D. at this prestigious university, I am an ardent advocate of STEM education and research, but particularly physics education and research, at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Like physics departments at most small universities, physics departments at HBCUs ... Read More

The Soul of Mathematics is at Mississippi Valley State University

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Claudia Rankins

I taught mathematics at the collegiate level for over twenty years and I was successful at it. I define success by the fact that many of my students learned to appreciate, maybe even like mathematics, and mastered the material. Nothing can draw my ire more than a teacher of mathematics complaining that her or his students are unprepared for their course – as if it was the students’ fault – and ... Read More