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Episode 36 – Black Student Peer Mentoring

First Generation - One of Many 02/28/2022 735


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    Episode 36 – Black Student Peer Mentoring
    First Generation - One of Many

Black Student Peer Mentoring

As students enrolling at universities and colleges continue to become more diverse, the need for various and specified types of support is equally surging. Efforts to broaden access to higher education are outpacing campuses’ abilities to ensure equity after students are enrolled. In response to many black students’ experiences of not finding the support or mentoring they hoped for at Chico State, two black professionals are leading the Black Student Peer Mentoring program. Please tune in to this episode to hear more about the evolution of Black Student Peer Mentoring and what is happening now.

Our Guests

Brianna Ellis

Brianna was born and raised in the Chico community, graduating from CSU, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Social Science. After graduating, she moved onto San Diego State University, earning an M.A. in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Brianna has worked in a variety of university support programs throughout her career, including transition and orientation programs, tutoring and academic support, leadership and student programming, and works closely with historically underserved populations, guiding students to success throughout the college process. She is currently completing a PhD in Education from Oregon State University.

Darnell Lee

Darnell currently works in Chico Student Success Center as Lead Retention Specialist. The quote I live by is ” Don’t let your vision be blocked by your circumstances.” 

Resources & Recommendations:

Black Student Success (podcast) 

We talk with successful, Black professionals about their career journeys to provide insight and guidance to Black students and young adults. Brought to you by Inquire Higher. 

Dr. Ivory Achebe Toldson (Howard University)
The People in the Numbers: Rethinking Data for Black Student Success 

No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People 

Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities by Laura T. Hamilton, Kelly Nielsen 

Everything’s Gonna be All White (Docuseries)
A deep dive into America’s past and present through the experiences of people of color. The docuseries marries humor with history as it confronts the facets of racism, exploitation and discrimination that contributed to the formation of America. 

The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us by Paul Tough 

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