Advising Black Male Students in 2020 and Beyond
60 min - October 21, 2020 (DW98 – Season 15)
Panelists: Locksley Knibbs (Florida Gulf Coast University), Mark S. Nelson, Sr. (Oklahoma State University), Quentin R. Alexander (George Mason University), Darryl C. Cherry (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Bill Johnson (University of North Carolina Greensboro), Joshua “JJ” Johnson (University of Central Florida)
In the September 2020 edition of Academic Advising Today, six Black male NACADA leaders began the dialogue “for improving and strengthening the Black male student academic advising experience.” Having “experienced microaggressions, subtle and overt racism, and prejudgment” in their own personal and professional lives, they considered how academic advisors and advising administrators “can work together to improve the overall experience for Black male students.” In this 6o-minute videocast presentation, these scholars came to the virtual environment to take the conversation to a broader and deeper level. They discuss the variation and complexity of Black male identity and address some of the challenges faced by Black males in higher education settings (such as microaggressions, racial battle fatigue, John Henryism, and imposter syndrome). They consider what advising professionals can do to facilitate the development of Black male resilience, including cultivating self-efficacy, identifying coping mechanisms, and nurturing hope. In this solution-focused presentation, they share how these narratives can increase retention and graduation for Black male students.