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Ayana Hardaway

My research agenda explores Black girls and women in P-20 educational and social contexts, college student development and success, and critical qualitative methods.

As a critical qualitative researcher, I am interested in using critical theory and intersectional scholarship to examine inequities and interlocking systems of oppression. My dissertation study, “I’m Not Your Mammy: Unearthing the Racially Gendered Experiences of Undergraduate Black Women Resident Assistants at Predominantly White Institutions.” was awarded the Rita Wolotkiewicz Prize in 2019 for its contribution to advancing scholarship on equity issues in education.

My most recent work was highlighted in the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success, Urban Education Policy Annuals, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The HBCU Times.

Deann Lichtenstein

Director of Academic Services and Systems
  • Change management in workplace organizations
  • Corporate culture and ethical leadership 
  • How adults learn in the workplace
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
Patrice Renee

• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Human Resources Management 
• Black Greek Letter Organizations
• Employee Physical and Mental Health

Sharron Scott

To promote the college access, equity, and persistence of traditionally underrepresented populations (i.e. students from racially minoritized populations) through the examination of the experiences and outcomes of students across diverse institutional contexts in post-secondary education.