#BlackDocsChat: Why Conducting Research on the Historically Marginalized Doctoral Experience is Important

by drfelder

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, #BlackDoctoratesMatter held a Twitter Conversation with for its community to discuss the importance of conducting research on historically marginalized doctoral students.  Two scholars on the topic joined the conversation to share their research perspectives.  Dr. Marco Barker, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Westminster College whose research primarily addresses the cross-race advising of Black doctoral students. And, Dr. Carmen McCallum’s work focuses on the prior socialization experiences of African American doctoral students and the decision-making process associated with transitions into doctoral study.  These scholars shared both theoretical and practical insights about how research on the Black/African American doctoral experience supports the role and value of racial and cultural contributions in our educational and community.  In this week’s blog post we share questions and responses that underscore the relevance of this work.  In the future we look forward to hosting additional Twitter Chats, and live social media discussions on these issues.

Why is research about the Black Doctoral Experience important?  

What are the top three priorities in your research?

 What can the Black community learn/gain from research on the Black doctoral experience?

What are 3 important “must-have” scholarly references for research on the Black Doctoral Experience?


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Written by:  Dr. Pamela Felder, Ph.D., Founder of #BlackDoctoratesMatter

@pamelafelder @BlackDocsMatter, #BlackDocsChat