The Melvin C Terrell Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Gary Oliver and Neal J. McKinney as the recipients of the 2022 MCT Scholarship. The Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc. serves as a beacon for student affairs professionals addressing the issues and needs of today’s college students. The MCT Foundation was created to ensure underrepresented students gain access and achieve success in higher education and student affairs. The scholarship is given annually to a matriculating graduate student in a master’s or doctoral program in Student Affairs or a Higher Education Administration related program to further the recipient’s academic pursuits.
Gary Oliver Is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida in the Education Program Development/Innovation program with an emphasis on diversity education and is currently employed as the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for Student Services at the University of South Florida. Gary’s research is focused on African American Males’ Perception of Success in Higher Education. This study, according to the recipient is a “counter-narrative to the current ideology that African American males face within our higher education institutions.” The findings from this study can provide a blueprint for supporting African American males in the pursuit of their degrees.
Neal J. McKinney is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Studies in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University where he serves as a Graduate Research Associate in the College of Human Ecology Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Engagement. Using Critical Race Theory as a theoretical framework, Neal’s research agenda is focused on understanding how racialized deficit narratives in global education contribute to the low participation rates of students of color in study abroad opportunities. Neal is presenting on his forthcoming dissertation research and its implication for global education at the Diversity Abroad Global Inclusion Conference this fall.
Dr. Melvin C. Terrell, founding director of the Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc. has been selected a recipient of the 2019 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award for Region III of the Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA). The award honors a senior student affairs professional or faculty member who has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout their administrative or academic tenure.
This year’s regional winners, announced at the recent NASPA Regions II & III Joint Summer Conference and Symposium in Washington, D.C., will advance for consideration at the national level. Terrell, a leading authority in college student affairs, has a long and accomplished career in higher education.
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A recent report by the College and University Professional Association found that the student affairs field is demographically more diverse than other college professions and relatively lacking in pay-equity issues. Relying on data it collected on student affairs professionals, findings showed that nearly 71 percent of positions are held by women. In contrast, about 58 percent of positions across higher education more broadly are occupied by women. However, most racial demographics are underrepresented in student affairs. While about 17 percent of college students are Hispanic, only about 8 percent of student affairs officials are. And Asian men and women comprise about 6 percent of students, but only about 3 percent of student affairs professionals.
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Notable scholars Drs. Jerlando Jackson, LaVar Charleston, and Cornelius Gilbert have authored a new book, Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs, in honor of Dr. Melvin C. Terrell, founder of the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc. This text has a dual purpose: (1) to highlight how student affairs has grown as a field of practice in response to the growth of student diversity on college campuses, and (2) to honor the remarkable career of Melvin C. Terrell. As one of the unique contributions to higher education attributed to the United States, the practice of student affairs has played a significant role in supporting students as access to college has broadened. In turn, key principles of practice had to evolve to appropriately take into consideration diverse student development theory and needs. The span of Melvin C. Terrell’s legendary accomplishments neatly align with the professional evolution of student affairs. Each of the chapters in this book artfully straddle the dual purpose of this volume. Researchers, practitioners, and key decision‐makers will equally be empowered to employ the lessons and approaches informed by the evolution of student affairs over the past 30 years. See more here in Diverse Issues of Higher Education.
Dr. Melvin C. Terrell, founding director of the Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc., was featured in the Diverse Issues of Higher Education cover story. Published on June 28, 2018, the article details Dr. Terrell's approach to equity and diversity in student affairs and his commitment to education. The article was prompted by a recent book written about Dr. Terrell entitled Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs - A Festschrift In Honor of Melvin C. Terrell. A festschrift is a time honored academic tradition that recognizes the retirement of a noted and celebrated scholar.
The National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) Foundation, an organization that has given charitable donations across the nation for more than a decade, has announced its new name: The Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc.
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