Texas Southern University

Thank you to Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev, Professor in the Department of History at Texas Southern University for inviting me to serve as moderator of “And Still We Rise!: Black Women Scholars in the Ebony Tower since 1965.”

This powerful conversation highlighted the educational journeys and professional contributions of Black women scholars at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965.

What a delightful, informative and enlightening discussion among some of the most resourceful and impactful black women at HBCUs!   We discussed how black women scholars at HBCU’s define and maintain excellence in teaching, research, and service despite nuanced struggles with the following: classism, colorism, ethnocentrism, racism, regionalism, sexism, limited opportunities for advancement, less competitive salaries, fewer resources, less research support, and limited networking opportunities with outside institutions and organizations.

The conversation also served as a call for papers for a forthcoming edited collection examining the role and impact of Black women at HBCUs.

Watch the panel discussion on YouTube.

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