College of Applied Studies Diversity Committee to host faculty presentations

In celebration of Black History Month, the College of Applied Studies (CAS) Diversity Committee invites the campus community to its event, “Being Black in higher education: A Black History Month faculty lecture event,” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 via Zoom.

The presenters for the event will be Dr. Bobby Berry, assistant dean for diversity and outreach in CAS and assistant professor, and Dr. Valerie J. Thompson, assistant professor of educational leadership and educational psychology in Intervention Service & Leadership in Education (ISLE).

Dr. Berry’s presentation will be “African-American male students at a predominately white institution: Perceptions of adaption and identity,” and Dr. Thompson’s presentation will be “The toxicity of the StrongBlackWoman narrative within student affairs.”

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This event is part of the CAS Diversity Committee Faculty, Staff and Community of Color Lecture series. For more information, contact Dr. Thompson at