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ADOS, XYZ Countries, and (Which) Black Lives Matter: Engaging Contemporary Intra-racial and Transnational Dynamics Surrounding Black College Students    

Wednesday, February 3, 2021  |  LIVE 3:00-4:30 PM Central Time* 

(* 4:00-5:30 PM Eastern / 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain / 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific). Convert other time zones to Central Time here.

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Session Description:

This session will focus on how the current U.S. sociopolitical climate (related explicitly to anti-Black racism and nativism) is impacting Black students of diverse ethnicities and nativities as well as Black intra-racial dynamics on campuses. We will use current racial movements (e.g., ADOS, Black Lives Matter) and incidents alongside our empirical research to share and co-construct strategies for supporting diverse Black students. This session should particularly benefit individuals working with Black, immigrant and/or international students as well as those interested in campus racial dynamics and/or internationalization. Participants attending this presentation will: connect the influence of the U.S. sociopolitical climate to the college experiences of diverse Black students, particularly racist nativism, anti-Blackness, racial homogenizing, and intra-racial dynamics (tensions and community); identify practices that address Black student heterogeneity and Black intra-racial dynamics across ethnicity and nativity; and assess whether their campus practices acknowledge Black student heterogeneity.



Kat J. Stephens, Ed.M.

Kat J. Stephens (she/her/hers) is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She is earning her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, and she has earned a Master of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher and Postsecondary Education. Her research interests largely support diverse undergraduate and graduate student populations, including (Afro-Caribbean immigrant and international students, community college students, post-traditional students, and students living with disabilities). Her research largely focuses on their sense of self and identity formation or realization. 

Presenter Kat J. Stephens

Patricia “Tita” Feraud-King, M.S.Ed.

Patricia “Tita” Feraud-King (she/her/hers) is currently a full-time Higher Education doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and works in Residence Education. Her research interests are centered on higher education’s lack of inclusion and access for students of color, staff of color, first-generation students, and low-income students and the intersection of the marginalized identities. Mrs. Feraud-King is currently conducting inquiries on the experiences of first and second-generation Africana immigrants at historically white institutions and exploring the diverse identities within the Black identity in higher education. As a Massachusetts native, she graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies. Mrs. Feraud-King also obtained her Master’s of Science in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Feraud-King is known for her passion and expertise in social justice-related work. Some of her past workshops and presentations were on topics as environmental justice, ways one can engage in courageous conversations, and the feminist identity at a residential college in Australia. Mrs. Feraud-King accumulated ten years of experience in facilitation, public speaking (including being a conference’s keynote speaker), and community organizing. 

Presenter Patricia "Tita" Feraud-King

Taylor Lewis, M.Ed.

Taylor Lewis (he/him/his) is a third year Master’s student at UMass Amherst, pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Public Policy & Public Administration. He also holds a graduate assistantship in Residence Education. Taylor’s interest in higher education began in college when he observed our socio-political system weaved into his institution and campus. His research interests centers Black college students’ experience, activism, and life-making. Next year, he hopes to enroll in a doctoral program to further engage in research and scholarship on Black college students. 

Presenter Taylor Lewis

Kelechi A. Ohiri, B.A.

Kelechi A. Ohiri is a community organizer, entrepreneur, and scholar-activist pursuing a Masters in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a scholar, she’s interested in examining intra-communal relationships among Black students in higher educational contexts and the effects of higher education institutions on Black communities. Kelechi A. Ohiri earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Organizational Studies from the University of California, Davis.

Presenter Kelechi Ohiri