Afrocentric Innovations in Higher Education steps beyond the traditional texts centered on limited improvements to higher education by reconceptualizing and outlining Afrocentric interventions that enhance and improve the education of specifically people of African descent. This volume includes seven essays that highlight the transformative power of Africana Studies as a fundamentally liberatory discipline. In these thought provoking essays, readers encounter Afrocentric concepts that reevaluate the intent and design of higher education as a precursor for improving the educational outcomes and experiences of Black students. Afrocentric Innovations in Higher Education provides well-researched and pioneering perspectives on student services, teacher preparation, Africana Studies, career preparation, and the role of Africana Studies in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Vida A. Robertson is associate professor of English and humanities and serves as the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Abul Pitre is chair and professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University.
Jocelyn D. Smith-Gray is assistant professor at Fayetteville State University and Africana Studies lecturer at San Francisco State University.
Chapter 1: Kasserian Ingera: Achieving Black Male Collegiate Success through Afrostructual
Interventions by Dr. Vida A. Robertson
Chapter 2: An Afrocentric and Nation of Islam Approach to Teacher Preparation at Historically
Black Colleges and Universities by Abul Pitre, Tanya Hudson, and Jocelyn Smith-Gray
Chapter 3: African American Studies and African American History: Pedagogical Approaches to
Introductory Courses in Black Studies by Charmane M. Perry
Chapter 4: Epistemological Reparations: An Afrocentric Approach Within Black Studies
by Ifetayo M. Flannery
Chapter 5: A Value-Added Module for Introduction to Africana Studies: Speaking in the
Disciplines and Africana Market Value by Christel N. Temple
Chapter 6: Africana Studies, Urban/Afrocentric Education and Afrocentricity: An Innovativeness
of Axiology by James L. Conyers Jr.
Chapter 7: Making Gumbo: Africana Studies and HBCUs at the Crossroads byDonela Wright
About the Contributors