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LSU College of Education Student Wins Graduate Student Competition

05/17/2012 10:14 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU College of Education student Takea Vickers was named the Philip G. Davies Graduate Student Competition winner by the National Association for Ethnic Studies, or NAES. The highly competitive award includes recognition at the NAES annual meeting, a cash award and possible publication in the Ethnic Studies Review.


Vickers’ winning paper submission, “The (In)Visible Road Map: The Role of Mentoring for First Generation Black Female Doctoral Students,” focuses on the dual issues of racism and sexism as it relates to black women in higher education at predominately white institutions. This paper outlined the importance of mentoring for first generation black female doctoral students.


An Oklahoma City native, Vickers is a doctoral candidate in the field of educational leadership and research specializing in higher education administration. She received her award at the NAES annual conference in New Orleans, April 5-7.


The NAES provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and activists concerned with the national and international dimensions of ethnicity. The association welcomes scholars and teachers at all educational levels, students, libraries, civic and governmental organizations, and all persons interested in ethnicity, ethnic groups, intergroup relations and the cultural life of ethnic minorities. As a non-profit corporation, NAES provides a vehicle for interested members and donors to promote responsible scholarship and advocacy in the diverse fields of enquiry which constitute ethnic studies.


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Effective July 1, the new College of Human Sciences and Education will consist of six schools: the School of Education, currently the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice; the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development; the School of Kinesiology, currently the Department of Kinesiology; the School of Library and Information Science; the School of Social Work; and the University Laboratory School.


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