Exploring Black Experiences in Higher Education

Watch Dr. Akil Houston, Dr. Tyra Gross, Rakeeta Hampton, and Jasmine Marealle in conversation as they explore their individual experiences as Black scholars and educators in higher education.

During this session instructors will:

  • Gain perspective on how representation acts as a core function of the learning process
  • Explore what it means when students are empowered to express themselves through the learning process
  • Deepen understanding of how higher learning can function as an exclusionary system
  • Learn new approaches for creating equal opportunity, regardless of the academic setting


In this clip, Jasmine shares what she’s learned from attending an HBCU and what she hopes prospective students will keep in mind before heading to college.

In this clip, Dr. Akil Houston shares how diversity is reflected in his approach to teaching. The key? Encouraging his students to fully express themselves and find comfort in that self-expression.

In this clip, Dr. Tyra Gross shares how recognizing diversity in the classroom not only strengthens her pedagogy but her relationship with her students as well.

For Rakeeta Hampton, attending a PWI as an undergraduate student born and raised in Chicago’s diverse Austin neighborhood emphasized the importance of representation in higher education.