Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Dana Morrison, PhD

Committee Member

Heather Horowitz, PhD

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, EdD


I am a Black educator.

I understand that from its inception higher education in Western culture was not designed with anyone but white men in mind. I am convinced that racism remains prominent in higher education and prevents space for the marginalized. This lack of space carries over into graduate studies and prevents Black student matriculation. Black students face barriers in graduate matriculation due to a lack of funding for graduate tuition, a lack of Black faculty and staff, and an abundance of negative experiences rooted in racism at institutions of higher education. Resources in graduate programs for Black students should present as, Black staffing in graduate admissions departments, mentorship from current Black graduate students and faculty, and focused funding opportunities for Black graduate students. My proposed intervention does all of this, by utilizing “Shoulder Tap” racism will not be cured, but Black graduate student matriculation will increase.