An Equity-Focused Approach to Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention

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DeAnne Davis Brooks University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA

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Lauren D. Griffin University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA

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Kinesiology programs seeking to prepare an inclusive workforce are committed to recruiting and retaining graduate students who represent the demographic diversity of our country, communities, and undergraduate universities. Plans for enhancing diversity, including partnerships between historically Black undergraduate institutions and graduate programs located on predominantly White campuses, must incorporate equity-focused strategies. In this article, four Black women with various experiences as students and faculty at predominantly White institutions and historically Black colleges and universities offer their advice on equity-focused approaches to graduate student recruitment and retention. This article is meant to provide nuanced understandings of the benefits and challenges of such approaches for students and faculty of color.

Davis Brooks (dlbrooks@uncg.edu) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7007-4473

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