Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Director of the Davis Center, presented the following at the Association of the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference in Houston, Texas on November 8-10, 2017:
Presented – Drinking Black Crunk Feminist Lemonade: The Use of Media in Centering the Experiences of Black Women at Predominantly White Campuses at the Sisters of the Academy Research Bootcamp. Increasingly, Black women are turning to media to shed light on social issues and concerns that affect and impact their lives, as it is a space that is virtually limitless and affords opportunities to connect a diverse range of voices from a variety of geographical locations. Grounded in feminist standpoint theory, this presentation discussed how media and culture intersect for Black college women in higher education, in addition to the ways media can provide them with space to center themselves and social issues directly impacting Black women’s lives.
Co-presented – Power to the Hashtag: Black Women’s Use of Social Media in Higher Education at the Association of the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual convention. Black women’s issues remain underrepresented in the postsecondary sector. We found that social media tagging afforded Black women in higher education the ability to advance their narratives. Social tagging also enabled them to claim space and share their achievements and challenges while coexisting in a predominantly White society.
Co-presented – Examining Relationships that Matter: A Qualitative Study of Black Women in Doctoral Education at the ASHE annual convention. This study is a part of a larger, national qualitative study that examined the relationships 30 Black women reported as being important to their success in doctoral education. This study adds to the literature concerning how and why relationships matter in the experiences and outcomes of doctoral students.
Panelist – Where are the Black Faculty in Academia? symposium. In addition to offering statistics prevalent in extant literature as to the implications of faculty diversification, Shawna discussed the challenges and successes of Black faculty in the academy.
Discussant – Research Methods for Whom? Power and Representation in Data symposium. She contextualized three research papers centering the necessity for more conscious, culturally relevant methodologies that dispel research using deficit approaches.