UT professors create website for research about the education of black males

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University of Texas College of Education Professors Louis Harrison and Anthony Brown have created a collection of works into the research on education of African-American males called The Black Male Education Research Collection.  The collection includes articles about everything from mentoring to psychological health to expulsion and suspension rates.

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“Dr. Brown and I, as well as researchers across the nation, have dedicated our research focus to understanding and providing critical analyses of the questions and concerns surrounding black males in the educational arena. Yet we have heard a constant refrain about the scarcity of this research, which we found perplexing,” Harrison said in a press release.

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The goal of the research, according to the creators of the website, it to create a pool for researchers to draw from when studying the unique problems that African-Americans face, especially African-American males, in the barriers to their education

“This body of scholarship is designed to educate and inform decision-makers of the disparities taking place in today’s education system,” Brown said.

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In addition to the body of research, videos from top minds in the field as well as interviews and reports will be featured on the website.

Dr. Anthony Brown has dedicated his academic research to uncovering the educational needs of African American male students and looking at how school curriculum portrays the historical experiences of African Americans.

Dr. Harrison‘s academic work has focused on African American racial identity and sports and physical activities.

Together both men are elevating the dialogue around what it takes to help black men succeed in education.  Check out Dr. Harrison talking about the power of mentorship with one of his students below!