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  • African American Knowledge Community

    The African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) increases members' awareness of, knowledge about, and appreciation for issues unique to African

    American professionals working in higher education and student affairs. The AAKC also seeks to educate the NASPA membership on trends and issues related to African-American professionals and students through sharing information on

    research, campus issues, and emerging trends.

    Welcome to New Orleans from the

    African American Knowledge Community (AAKC)

    Co-Chairs: Annice E. Fisher and Khadish O. Franklin!

    We are pleased that you have taken the opportunity to advance your

    professional development by attending the NASPA Annual Conference.

    We hope the AAKC City Guide will serve as an excellent resource for your

    conference experience. Whether it is attending an AAKC Sponsored

    Session, joining us to patronize a local Black owned business, or

    attending one of our many anticipated socials, we hope you make the

    AAKC an integral part of your time in New Orleans. In addition to the

    opportunities to engage, we invite you to enhance your service to the

    Association by volunteering as a leader within the knowledge

    community. Join us at our Business Meeting to learn more about what

    the AAKC is doing to advance scholarship and practice. If there is

    anything we can do to help you navigate the conference or association

    please reach out to any member of the Leadership Team. Have a great



  • African American Knowledge CommunityMeet the Board

    Annice Fisher National Knowledge Community Chair

    Harvard University Graduate School of Education

    Dr. Raphael X. MoffettNational Knowledge Community Chair Elect

    Langston University

    Khadish FranklinNational Knowledge Community Chair

    Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education

    Dr. Dhanfu ElstonNational Knowledge Community Chair Elect

    Purdue University- Calumet

    Taris G. MullinsPublic Policy Chair

    New York University

    Dr. Nicole GibbsAwards Chair

    University of the Virgin Islands

    Stephanie GardnerBest Practices Chair

    University of Washington


  • African American Knowledge CommunityMeet the Board

    Crasha TownsendDevelopment Chair

    Radford University

    Valerie HolmesResearch Incubator Chair

    Indiana State University

    Dr. Lamara Warren NUFP Liaison

    Indiana University - Bloomington

    Annalise SetorieCommunications & Conference Coordinator

    American University

    Danielle OfficerProgram Planning & Development Chair

    CUNY John Jay

    Raven HollowaySocial Media Chair

    University of Delaware

    Atawanna L. RoyalGraduate & Professional Programming

    Clayton State University


  • African American Knowledge CommunityMeet the Board

    VacantRegion 2 Representative

    Wanda TylerRegion 1 Representative

    University of New Haven

    Dr. Mel Norwood, IIRegion 3 Representative

    Florida State College

    Dr. Timeka RashidRegion 4-East Representative

    Kent State University- Kent Campus

    Dr. Derrick E. HaynesRegion 4-West Representative

    Community College of Aurora

    Latricia BrandRegion 5 Representative

    Portland Community College

    VacantRegion 6 Representative


  • 6Stay Connected with the

    African American Knowledge Community

    Twitter: @AAKC_NASPA

    Facebook: NASPA African American

    Knowledge Community

  • African American Knowledge CommunitySpecial Events

    AAKC & African American

    Mens & Womens Summit Networking


    Date: Sunday March 22nd

    Start Time: 9:00 PM

    End Time: 11:00 PM

    Location: Versailles Ballroom - Hilton

    AAKC Business Meeting

    Date: Monday March 23rd

    Start Time: 1:00 PM

    End Time: 3:00 PM

    Location: Grand Ballroom (D) -


    NASPA Conference Book Club Sister

    Citizen by Melissa V. Harris Perry

    Date: Monday March 23rd

    Start Time: 1:00 PM

    End Time: 3:00 PM

    Location: Grand Ballroom (D) - Hilton

    Defamation the Play

    Date: Monday March 23rd

    Start Time: 4:00 PM

    End Time: 7:00 PM

    Location: Grand Ballroom (C) -


    Knowledge Community Fair

    Date: Monday March 23rd

    Start Time: 7:00 PM

    End Time: 9:00 PM

    Location: Great Hall B & C Convention


    Divine 9 & Friends Social

    Date: Monday March 23rd

    Start Time: 8:00 PM

    End Time: 10:00 PM

    Location: Barcadia New

    Orleans 601 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA

    70130 (10 min walk from conference

    site, Refreshments Served) *Sponsored by the Defamation the Play

    AAKC National Awards

    Date: Tuesday March 24th

    Start Time: 4:00 PM

    End Time: 5:00 PM

    Location: Versailles Ballroom - Hilton *Sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands

    BLKSAP & AAKC Meet Up

    Date: Tuesday March 24th

    Start Time: 7:30 PM

    End Time: 9:00 PM

    Location: Versailles Ballroom -



  • African American Knowledge CommunitySponsored Sessions

    Adapting Best Practice at HBCUs to Foster Black Student Success Nationally. Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) and Black cultural centers at predominantly White institutions (PWI) have been at the forefront of creating supportive environments for Black college students. These institutions have worked to integrate traditions and bold leadership into plans for long-term sustainability. Participants will join professionals in a critical analysis of best practices that can be adapted at various institution types to meet the needs of students who reflect the traditional HBCU student population. March 22, 9am-4pm Dillard University (Off-Site)

    African American Women: Career Experience & Persistence Strategies. The presenter will review new dissertation research (Clay, 2014) on the career experiences of five current African American women chief student affairs leaders at predominately white institutions. Despite the unique challenges the participants, the women intentionally utilized strategies to persist in student affairs through obtaining senior level leadership positions. The results of this interactive presentation will assist supervisors, colleagues and future generations of African American women navigating their careers in student affairs. March 23, 2:30pm 3:20pm 220-Convention Center

    Counter Narratives and Perspective Gathering: Student Success at HBCU's. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have a rich history of promoting success and social mobility, providing access to higher education, and developing leaders within the African American community (Palmer & Gasman, 2008). A University of Georgia research team has worked collaboratively to investigate student success at HBCUs in the Southeast. During this session, team members will discuss the research project, share findings, lessons learned, and engage audience members in future directions student success research at HBCUs. March 24, 11:05am 11:55am 208-Convention Center

    Retention: The Road to African American Student Success. Retention rates for African American students tend to lag behind those for other groups. Without strong retention rates, student success will not be a reality. Two urban universities are achieving results; one of them increased the Black student retention rate almost 10% in one year. During this experiential session, the presenters will share effective programs and strategies and actively engage participants in case studies and discussion about initiatives on participants' campuses. March 24 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM 208 - Convention Center


  • Plan Your ConferenceSessions Related to the African American Experience in Higher Education

    Sunday, March 22

    9am 4pm: African American Male Summit, RO6 Convention Center

    9am 4pm: African American Womens Summit: Navigating Our Next Steps with Confidence and Courage. RO7 Convention Center

    Monday, March 23

    11:15am 12:05pm: Where are the Brothers?: Why low black male college enrollment is a problem, and what we can do to change the status quo. Room: 206 Convention Center

    2:30pm 3:20pm: From N(M)UFP to the Professoriate: Navigating Critical Junctures that Expanded Our Potential in Student Affairs. Room: R01 Convention Center

    3:40pm 4:30pm: Dont Leave Home Without It: Your Cultural Identity Students Exploration of Their Own Cultural Identity in a Pre-College Academy. Room: 224 -Convention Center

    Tuesday, March 24

    8:30am - 9:20am: The Navigation of HBCUs through Legislative Funding. Room: River Bend - Marriott 2

    12:10pm 1:00pm:

    Fighting in their Honor: A conversation on the affects that the Martin, McBride, Garner and Brown killings have on Blacks in higher education. Room: Grand Salon - Hilton - 12

    Navigating the Social Conundrums of the Doctoral Experience for Students of Color. Room: 219 - Convention Center