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""Wei LAB Director and Assistant Director Collect Data for INCLUDES CMDS Project

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Wei LAB Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston traveled to Tampa, FL to collect data for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) Consortium of Minority Doctoral Scholars (CMDS) project at the McKnight Annual Research and Writing Conference on February 24-25.

The INCLUDES CMDS Project focuses on researching mentoring strategies used to address recruitment and retention concerns with women and ethnic minority populations, specifically for African Americans and Latinas pursuing doctoral degrees in STEM. Data was collected from in-person interviews to understand the mechanisms that non-traditional mentoring programs, like McKnight, use in order to support minority students. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program was one of three programs that will be used to collect data for this project. The other two programs are the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the National GEM Consortium.

“McKnight, SREB, and GEM have moved the bottom line for underrepresented groups pursuing PhDs in the United States,” Dr. Jackson, who also serves as the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said.

The purpose of this research is to understand the collective impact of McKnight, SREB, and the National GEM Consortium on minority doctoral students. The project aims to better understand the experiences related to participation and to identify successful mentoring strategies that can be used to increase the number of minority Engineering and Computer & Information Sciences students who go on to obtain a PhD and research and faculty positions.

“With national mandates to broaden participation in STEM, particularly at the doctoral and faculty levels, we have the opportunity to glean critical attributes of these interventions that have a proven track record of success. The implications of this work may have broader impacts to institutions around the country aiming to diversify their scientific faculty,” Dr. Charleston said.

The McKnight Mid-Year Annual Research and Writing Conference was developed for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program and provides opportunities for its fellows to present research and receive professional advice, as well as collaborate with peers and receive assistance on exam preparation and dissertation proposals. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program is part of the Florida Education Fund (FEF), a non-profit corporation established in 1984.

To learn more about the McKnight Fellowship program, click here.
For more information on the INCLUDES Project, click here.


""Wei LAB Director Presents at NASAP 2017

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson presented at the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) 2017 conference on February 17.

The 63rd annual conference was held February 16-18 in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Jackson led a session titled “Honoring the Legacy of a Former NASAP President and Student Affairs Stalwart: A Tribute to the Career of Dr. Melvin C. Terrell” along with Fred Bonner from Prairie A&M University, D. Jason DeSousa of Morgan State University, Sharon Holmes of Binghamton University, and Lemuel Watson of the University of South Carolina.

The session honored the work and accomplishments of former NASAP President and Editor of the NASAP Journal, Dr. Melvin C. Terrell. The presenters all co-wrote the book Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: The Applied Scholarship of Melvin C. Terrell

Dr. Jackson also serves as the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information on the NASAP Conference, click here.


""Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Hilliard and Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education

The Wei LAB is proud to announce the 10th annual Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education. The course will be offered during the 2017 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Participants in the course will learn the fundamentals of developing a research career focused on African American populations in education. They will also have the chance to work directly with researchers on questions and methods to guide their research studies. The course will include sessions on manuscript development and research design techniques.

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Belk Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair Chance Lewis of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will serve as directors of the course.

Dr. Jackson is also the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He commented, "I am honored to have answered the call 10 years ago from Senior African American scholars in education that felt an initiative was needed to support graduate students and early career scholars who want to focus their research on the experiences of African Americans in education.”

The course will take place Thursday April 27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the AERA annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. Applications for the course will be accepted until March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. You can apply online here.

The course is sponsored by the Wei LAB, Urban Education Collaborative, Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network.

To learn more about the program, click here.
For further questions, please contact weilab.director@wcer.wisc.edu


""Wei LAB Assistant Director Presents at The Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference

Wei LAB Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston presented his research project “Double-Sided Mirrors: The Media’s Impact on the Academic Identity Development of Black Male Student-Athletes” at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) on January 31, 2017. The paper is co-authored by Raul Leon from Eastern Michigan University.

Their research focuses on how Black male student-athletes form their identities and how the development of their academic identity is influenced by media messages. Data were collected through focus groups and one-on-one interviews with Black male student-athletes at a Midwestern NCAA Division I institution. The study highlighted that students make conscious efforts to combat media stereotypes by succeeding academically and socially; areas that are both outside of athletics.

EQRC is an annual national research conference for presenting qualitative research. This January marked the research conference’s 29th annual meeting. This year, the conference was sponsored by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education.

To learn more about EQRC, click here. To watch a YouTube video of the presentation, click here.


""Wei LAB Staff Present at the Black Student-Athlete Summit

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Wei LAB Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston presented their project: “Beyond the Game: A Passport for Collegiate and Career Success” at the Black Student-Athlete Summit on January 6, 2017.

Their research examined the Beyond the Game™ (BTG) initiative designed by the Wei LAB. The project addressed concerns and challenges that Black student-athletes face, and how to promote academic and social success for these students. This year marked the third annual Black Student-Athlete Summit. Hosted by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, the annual summit brings together scholars, athletic directors, coaches, academic advisors, and professional and student-athletes to discuss critical issues surrounding Black student-athletes.

Previous conferences have focused on varied challenges and opportunities that Black student-athletes face both inside and outside the classroom. Last year’s conference was titled “Success Both On and Off the Field.”

The Wei LAB served as a sponsor for this year’s event.

Dr. Jackson is also the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

More information on the Black Student-Athlete Summit can be found here.

The Wei LAB invites you to connect on Facebook and Twitter to engage in discussion surrounding equity and inclusion issues confronting the educational system.


""Jackson and Charleston attend NSBC 2016

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston helped develop and attended the first National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on June 9–11.

The conference focused on increasing the number of African Americans who go into the computer science field. More than 90 participants across the country participated in the inaugural conference this year.

Topics explored at the conference ranged from crafting a personal statement for graduate school to publishing academic journals within the field. 

The conference was sponsored by: University of Florida, Morehouse College, Spelman College, the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computer Sciences (IAAMCS), Rice University, and the National Science Foundation. 

More information on the conference can be obtained here.


""The Wei LAB co-sponsored the 2016 ICUE

The Wei LAB co-sponsored the 2016 International Conference on Urban Education (ICUE) which occurred on November 3–5 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This worldwide conference offered insight and solutions to the problems facing the education of youths in urban schools.

The conference provided “opportunities for the research community, the K-12 community, and community stakeholders to be in the same room to understand the urban issues that our students face from multiple perspectives to reach viable solutions that can be taken back to urban communities around the globe from implementation,” Dr. Chance W. Lewis, founding executive director of The Urban Education Collaborative, told Diverse Education.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston both spoke at the event.

Dr. Charleston presented on November 3. His speech was titled “STEMfluences: The Role of Social Interaction and Scientific Identity Formation in the Successful Matriculation of African Americans in STEM.”

Dr. Jackson was featured as a panelist in a November 4 session titled “Black Males in Urban K-20 Settings: Solutions and Strategies for Career Advancement.”

The Wei LAB also held an exhibit table at the event.

View the full conference agenda here. Learn more about ICUE here


""Jackson and Charleston present at ASHE

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston attended The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 41st Annual Conference on November 10–12.

The conference created an opportunity for scholars, faculty, administrators, and students dedicated to the study of higher education to share their research proposals with the community. 

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Charleston both presented at this year’s conference. They presented “Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Careers” on November 10, and “Diverse Students: Diverse Realities” on November 11.

Dr. Charleston also served as chair in a session titled “Key Topics on Experiences and Outcomes for Diverse Students” on November 10.

Learn more about ASHE 2016 here.


""Jackson and Charleston to Assist with INCLUDES Grant Research Project

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently issued its first grants for the NSF INCLUDES program, an initiative to broaden and enhance STEM fields. Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson was awarded one of these grants for a research project titled: “The Consortium of Minority Doctoral Scholars (CDMS).” The goal of this project is to broaden the participation of minorities in the STEM fields. 

Dr. Jackson will serve as co-planner of the project, and Wei LAB Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston will serve as senior personnel.

According to the grant statement, this project “will create a data portal that will allow the research team to study and understand the efficacy of various mentoring strategies that might be piloted across institutions and minority scholars programs.”

Learn more about the NSF INCLUDES grant program here.


""Charleston Publishes Study on African American STEM Graduate Students, Faculty

Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston is the lead author of a new study, “Constructing self-efficacy in STEM graduate education,” which appeared in the Journal for Multicultural Education this month.

In the study, Charleston and Dr. Raul Leon of Eastern Michigan University examined the lived experiences of African American science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduate students and faculty to understand their self-efficacy beliefs and outcomes expectations during their educational trajectory toward a computing, science-related degree.

“This study captures a novel space in the self-efficacy literature; presenting self-efficacy as a mobile construct to be reestablished or re-achieved even at the more advanced levels of degree attainment such as the Ph.D.,” says Charleston. “With the continuous advancement of technologies, particularly in the STEM field of computing, it is necessary that an adequate socialization process occurs throughout the educational trajectory that enhances self-efficacy beliefs and strengthens students’ commitment to attaining their academic and career goals.”

Using in-depth interviews of graduate students and faculty in computing fields, Charleston and Leon found that self-efficacy must be reestablished at each stage of the educational trajectory, including during pursuit of the Ph.D., to ensure successful matriculation. Continuous exposure to behaviors that re-affirm self-efficacy—such as encouragement, socialization with peers and more advanced individuals, taking ownership as part of the academic and professional community, and the development and modification of efficacy beliefs—must exist in order for African American STEM aspirants to enter and succeed in the STEM academy and workforce.

"Our study confirms that the process of socialization in a career field is a prominent space where foundations for your professional development can be established and refined” Leon said. “With respect to the development of self-efficacy beliefs in the STEM field, we argue that it is a construct that must not be interpreted in isolation. Thus, there is an importance of understanding its evolving nature in both the academy and workforce."

The full research paper can be found here.

Previously Charleston, along with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found through research that Black women in STEM face unique obstacles of their own in the field.


""Charleston Receives Ball State University Black Alumni Award of Achievement

Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston received the Ball State University Black Alumni Award of Achievement designed to acknowledge successful young alumni. Charleston was recognized for his accomplishments by the Black Alumni Constituent Society (BACS) Board at their reunion event from August 5–7.

BACS recognizes the professional and community contributions of several accomplished alumni at each biennial reunion. Established in 2007, the Black Alumni Award of Achievement is presented to an active Ball State graduate of the last 20 years who has demonstrated notable success in their chosen career, and who has shown support of Ball State and their community.

”It is truly an honor to be recognized by the institution that is responsible for giving me a platform to excel, not just in college, but in life.” Charleston said. “I am humbled that my efforts are viewed as honoring the legacy of my alma mater, Ball State. I hope my current work in some way contributes to breaking down barriers for college attendance and success for underrepresented groups. "

Charleston graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a concentration in Marketing from Ball State University in 2002. He was a Division I athlete and received several awards including the Ray Louthen Senior Leadership Award and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Championship for Football in 2001. Charleston later became an assistant director of admissions at Ball State, before transitioning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


 

""Wei LAB Announces Colloquium Sponsorship of Annual COSEBOC Gathering

The International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (ICBME) is proud to sponsor the annual meeting of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC).  COSEBOC and ICBME have related visions in that each function to improve the educational outcomes of boys and young men of color. Nearly 1,000 school administrators, practitioners, and policy makers from around the nation will gather this week in New York City for the Tenth Annual Gathering of Leaders to build a stronger leadership network, attend professional development workshops, and listen to a variety of panels describing promising practices of schools that are increasing the academic success of boys and young men of color. Wei LAB and the ICBME wish COSEBOC a successful event and congratulates all attendees for continuing the struggle to improve the lives of boys and young men of color.

Occurring later this year on the beautiful Atlantic island of Bermuda is the Fifth Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. Through a diverse array of programs, the Colloquium brings together world-class scholars, high-impact practitioners, policy makers, funders, and students from various fields to share research, philosophies, and innovative practices in order to improve the educational outcomes of black males across the globe. 

The Fairmont Southampton, with its stunning pink sand beach, is the Official Colloquium Headquarters Hotel. Discounted Colloquium hotel rates begin at $211.  In case you would like to arrive early or extend your stay in Bermuda, we are also pleased to announce a further discounted pre- and post-Colloquium weekend hotel rate beginning at $179. Registration and hotel reservations can be made via the Colloquium website

For more information on COSEBOS, please visit coseboc.org.  For more information on the Colloquium, please visit colloquium.org


""Jackson to Speak at University of Michigan on Diversity Research

Wei LAB Director and Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson will speak at “The Future of Diversity Research,” held at the University of Michigan May 18-20. Jackson will lead a discussion on effective and successful scholarly publication in academia. Jackson will also serve on an expert panel, “Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education.”

Organized by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), “The Future of Diversity Research” convenes researchers from around the country for roundtable discussions, paper presentations, workshops, and networking. Over the course of his career, Jackson has published dozens of papers and is credited with over 100 publications from which he will translate expertise and insight to meeting participants. Jackson previously held an NCID Visiting Senior Scholar appointment, 2008-2009.


""Wei LAB Announces 5th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) has released the first details of the 5th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (ICBME). In partnership with Bermuda College, this year's landmark event will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda on October 4-7, 2016. Information regarding registration, invitations to participate, and the theme for this year's Colloquium will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sponsored by the Wei LAB and the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at the Ohio State University, ICBME has become a trademark event in the Wei LAB's work around educational equity. The announcement to host the event in Bermuda, made by Wei LAB Director and co-founder of ICBME Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, follows months of careful planning and a site visit.

"We are thrilled to mark the 5th year of this important meeting by holding our Colloquium on the island of Bermuda in October," Jackson said. "I believe Bermuda will serve as a unique backdrop and offer meaningful context to the global issues faced by Black males." 

Dr. James L. Moore III, Executive Director of the Bell National Resource Center and co-founder of ICBME, echoes similar sentiments. "Bermuda is an excellent place to have the Colloquium because of its close proximity to the United States and its long-standing commitment to improve educational outcomes for Bermudian males," Moore said. "Similar to other Caribbean countries, Bermudian males are not performing optimally in education, which makes this country a desirable place to have the Colloquium."

Previous ICBME meetings were held in Leeds, England, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Atlanta, Georgia and Kingston, Jamaica. Each year, ICBME brings together researchers, high-impact practitioners, funders, policymakers, students, and concerned citizens to engage in conversations regarding the state of affairs for Black boys and men, with focus around a particular theme. The 2015 theme was "Creating Opportunity Through Education: Re-Engineering the Social Ecosystem for Black Males." Last year's ICBME drew a record 400 local and international participants over the course of four days, beginning with the College Academy at the Haile Selassie High School in Trench Town, and the Graduate School Academy at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

In the coming months, the Wei LAB will continue to release details on registration, calls for research proposals, keynote speakers and schedules. The Wei LAB invites all interested parties to connect on TwitterFacebook and the Wei LAB website for ICBME updates.


""Earl Lewis Speaks at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and renowned social historian, visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison to speak as part of the Center for Humanities’ McKay Lecture in the Humanities series on Feb. 23. The title of Lewis’ talk was, “If It Were Only the Blues.”

Dr. Lewis has had tremendous influence in the field of education, and his visions closely align with Wei LAB missions and interests. He has long been a champion of the humanities, diversity in academics, enhanced graduate education, using technology as a tool to advance learning and connecting universities to their local communities. He served as Emory University’s first African American provost in his position as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He was also named the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies during his time at Emory University.

The Nellie Y. McKay lecture series was established to honor Nellie Y. McKay, Evjue Professor of American and African-American Literature at UW-Madison, and a pioneer in Afro-American studies. The series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Afro-American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies and English departments.

Information on the event and the lecture series is available here.

The Wei LAB invites you to connect on Facebook and Twitter to engage in discussion surrounding equity and inclusion issues confronting the educational system.

 


""Jackson to Serve as Member of National Advisory Board

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson was selected as an inaugural member of the National Advisory Board at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Research and Policy in Education.

The Center at UTSA focuses on research and policy related to the success of students, aiming to “conduct local, state and national research projects that will impact practice and policy in schools, colleges and universities.” Current projects include research on Latino/a college completion, collaborative efforts with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and policy brief series.

The role of the National Advisory Board is to advise and assist the directors and the Dean of the College in areas such as grant writing, publications and research projects the center engages in.  

""The center is headed by co-directors Dr. Laura I. Rendón and Dr. Amaury Nora. [Rendon (left) and Nora (right)]

“Dr. Jerlando Jackson’s unparalleled scholarly work and experience working with issues related to students of color will add depth and expertise to our Center focused on equity and inclusion for underserved students,” Rendon and Nora said. “Dr. Jackson’s critical insights, research breakthroughs and commitment to people of color are exactly what our Center needs to move forward with its scholarly endeavors.”

The Wei LAB invites you to connect on Facebook and Twitter to obtain crucial updates and information on equity and inclusion issues confronting the educational system.


BTGJackson, Charleston, and Wilson Present at the 2016 Black Student-Athlete Summit

Wei LAB Director and Chief Research Scientist Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate Dr. LaVar J. Charleston, and Research Associate DeVon Wilson attended the 2016 Black Student-Athlete Summit at the University of Texas at Austin on Jan. 6-8. Wei LAB served as a summit sponsor, and staff presented research findings on student-athletes. Their presentation, “Beyond the Game™: Building a National Replication Model of a Highly Effective Student-Athlete Development Program,” examined the Beyond the Game™ (BTG) initiative designed by the Wei LAB.

“The presentation allowed us to showcase our efforts to replicate BTG™ through the university start-up BTG Solutions LLC, and the pilot with Northern Illinois University’s Athletic Department,” Jackson said.  

Hosted by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, the annual summit brings together scholars, coaches, athletic directors, academic advisors and present and former professional and student-athletes to “openly examine and candidly discuss the numerous and complex issues surrounding the black student-athlete.” This year’s theme was “Success Both On and Off the Field.” The 2016 conference offered presentations on topics such as Black women in college sports, family and the Black student-athlete, careers paths and models for success implemented at various universities, such as Beyond the Game™.

“The Black Student-Athlete Summit provided scholars, practitioners, and student athletes with an opportunity to engage in a national conversation about the state of Black Student Athletes in intercollegiate athletics,” Wilson said. “More importantly, it became clear that BTG is promising solution for addressing the important issues highlighted at this meeting. As a senior college-level administrator, I realize that the responsibility for the success of black student athletes go beyond the athletic department,” Wilson said.

“We feel we have a gem with BTG, a program that enables student athletes to look beyond their athletic careers, and take advantage of opportunities to transfer their skills and abilities to their academic and occupational goals and trajectories while still at the university,” Charleston said.

“Because our goal is for all student-athletes to be successful, through BTG, we are continuing to promote innovative ways to broaden their networks, enhance their career development opportunities outside of sports, enlighten them to the possibilities of viable careers outside of athletics, and ultimately, enhancing their post-graduate outcomes.”

Full slides of Jackson, Charleston, and Wilson’s presentations, as well as other speakers’ presentation slides, can be found here.

The Wei LAB invites you to connect on Facebook and Twitter to obtain crucial updates and information on equity and inclusion issues confronting the educational system.


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