APU Hosts Race Matters in College Seminar

by University Relations

The Department of Higher Education welcomed Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., professor in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, as the featured speaker of the Critical Issues in Higher Education seminar in late summer. As founder and executive director of the institution’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, Harper spoke with authority on the topics of cross-racial interaction, the racial climate on campuses, and race-based educational inequities. He called for increased accountability and intentionality in order to close the gap between espoused and enacted institutional values regarding inclusiveness.

The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, ESPN, and NPR have featured Harper, who was recently elected president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and recognized in Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education. Harper is a member of former President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council. He leads RISE for Boys and Men of Color, a three-year interdisciplinary project that aims to advance research that will improve the lives of Asian Americans, Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans. Harper has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 books, including his latest, Race Matters in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming). The event drew 200 attendees, including faculty, administrators, and student affairs professionals from local colleges and universities.

The Department of Higher Education hosts the Critical Issues in Higher Education seminar each July to bring thought leaders in higher education to the APU campus and provide an opportunity for doctoral students to interact with these leaders on the pressing issues facing higher education.