Lois Harmon, Michael Gottfried, Hsiu-Zu Ho, Charles Williams

UC-HBCU Initiative

The University of California's (UC) reputation as a premier research and teaching institution rests on its capacity to attract and retain students and scholars who reflect the rich diversity of California and the nation. Recognizing the unique and important contributions that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) make to the academy, our nation, and the world, the UC launched the UC–HBCU Initiative. This program encourages collaboration and cooperation among UC and HBCU faculty and students. The purpose is to improve the representation of HBCU students in UC graduate programs, particularly Ph.D. programs, by investing in relationships between UC institutions and HBCUs.

UCSB–FAMU Partnership: Connecting Networks, Expanding Opportunities

In the 2014-15 year, the Department of Education in the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, in partnership with the College of Education at Florida A&M University (FAMU), coordinated the UCSB–FAMU Partnership as part of the UC–HBCU Initiative. This program built an academic network between UCSB and FAMU by instituting the 2015 Summer Institute in Educational Research and Policy.

2015 Summer Institute in Educational Research and Policy

This program offered an excellent opportunity for 4 FAMU students to participate in a 4-week summer program at UCSB. The program was from 7/20/15 to 8/13/15.

In this program, students participated in academic and co-curricular activities designed to train students in educational and policy research, prepare them for doctoral work, and encourage them to consider a UC graduate program by exposing them to the many opportunities and networks the UC has to offer. [Note: this page's photo is of Program Directors Michael Gottfried and Hsiu-Zu Ho with UCSB-FAMU program alumni and UCSB PhD students Lois Harmon and Charles Williams.] During the program Scholars had the opportunity to engage with UCSB faculty and students, develop and foster research in education and policy, take part in academic and career development opportunities, and meet and work with alumni of previous years of the UCSB-FAMU partnership (who were current PhD students in the Department of Education).

Read more about the 2015 scholars here.