LSU University College, Women’s Center to Host Presentation by Arielle Brown, Cassandra Chaney Feb. 25

01/10/2014 02:12 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU University College’s McNair Research Scholars, in partnership with the LSU Women’s Center, presents Arielle Brown and Cassandra Chaney in a presentation of “Is Black Motherhood a Marker of Oppression or Empowerment? Hip-Hop and R&B Lessons About ‘Mama’” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the LSU African American Cultural Center, located at 3 Union Square in the new parking garage complex.


This presentation is the kickoff event for LSU’s Women Center honoring Women’s History Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of March.
In the presentation, Brown offers an insightful presentation on how hip-hop and R&B artists discuss “motherhood” in their lyrics.


“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to kick off our Women’s History Month programming with this exceptional presentation that highlights LSU’s commitment to fostering excellence in undergraduate research,” said Summer Steib, director of the LSU Women’s Center.


Chaney, associate professor of child and family studies in LSU’s School of Social Work, supervised and submitted a manuscript with Brown on the research topic. Chaney noted that the McNair Research Scholars program provided her the opportunity to acclimate Brown to the methodologies associated with qualitative methods as well as a greater understanding of the impetus behind academic writing. Brown, a LSU senior majoring in psychology, will be graduating in May 2014 and is currently preparing for graduate school through the McNair Research Scholars program.


“The knowledge that Arielle Brown has received during this experience is one that most undergraduate students do not obtain until they attend graduate school,” said Chaney. “I would strongly encourage faculty scholars to work closely with this impressive group of burgeoning research scholars.”


The talk will be open for public dialogue, with reception to follow at the LSU Women’s Center, located at 5 Union Square in the new parking garage complex. For complete details Women’s History activities and events, visit


The goal of LSU University College’s McNair Research Scholars program is to increase attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. Students participate in undergraduate research projects and are supervised by faculty and research mentors from a variety of disciplines, giving them an abundance of individual time working with experts in their chosen fields.


McNair Research Scholars is funded through the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Programs. LSU has three TRIO Programs – McNair Research Scholars, Student Support Services and Upward Bound – whose combined efforts bring more than $850,000 of annual federal funding for the purpose of supporting postsecondary education opportunities at LSU and in the Baton Rouge community.


Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. In addition, a variety of retention-specific programs, targeting particular student populations, play a significant role in accomplishing our mission. These programs include McNair Research Scholars, Student Support Services and Summer Scholars.


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Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014