The UC Santa Barbara–Florida A&M University (UCSB–FAMU) Partnership welcomes four students selected for the 2013 UCSB–FAMU Educational Evaluation Research Scholars Program: Kiara DeCoursey, Kaylin Polite, Thaddeus Stegall, and Charles Williams. This group is the second cohort of students from Florida A&M University admitted into the program that consists of academic and co-curricular research activities designed to train participants in educational evaluation and prepare them for doctoral work at the University of California. The program is held on UCSB’s campus from June 24 to August 9, 2013.
A rigorous student selection process identified these FAMU students for the 7-week Summer Program. Each student will have an individualized research plan as well as a team of mentors to address his/her specific academic and professional interests. Three of these students will return to FAMU after the summer program to continue their studies. Kiara DeCoursey is studying Early Childhood Education, Kaylin Polite is a Mathematics Education student, and Thaddeus Stegall is a Music Education student. Charles Williams has already earned a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from FAMU.
The Scholars Program is one the key elements of “Connecting Networks: UCSB and FAMU,” an initiative funded in 2011 by the UC Office of the President's University of California–Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative (UC–HBCU). Dr. John T. Yun and Dr. Patricia Marin serve as the co-Principal Investigators for this program.
The University of California continues to seek ways to attract and enroll scholars from historically excluded populations. At the graduate level, African Americans/Blacks are the most underrepresented group in relation to their U.S. population. The five-year average (2007-2011) for enrollment of African Americans in UC academic doctoral programs is 2.5%. In an effort to improve the representation of African Americans/Blacks in its graduate programs, particularly its Ph.D. programs, the UC will invest in cultivating relationships and establishing programs with communities and institutions that produce African American graduates from high schools, undergraduate colleges, and universities as well as institutions producing graduates with master’s degrees. The UC will invest in such collaborations both to actively demonstrate the value placed on cultural and social diversity throughout its campuses and to make meaningful, sustained progress in addressing longstanding inequities in access to UC. The goal of the UC–HBCU Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from HBCUs enrolling in UC academic doctoral programs.