Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Developing Partnerships Between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly White Institutions

in Kinesiology Review
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This article presents an overview of how faculty in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University (AU) are working with minority-serving institutions in similar disciplines to promote diversity and inclusion. Florida A&M (FAMU) and Albany State University (ASU) are both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and AU is a Predominantly White Institution (PWI). Part of this initiative has been accomplished through the development of AU’s Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program in partnership with south-eastern HBCUs. Success has been measured as an increase in student recruitment and increased opportunities for students from underrepresented groups seeking graduate opportunities. The partnership between FAMU and AU has also provided opportunities for faculty and students to promote diversity and be more inclusive through research collaborations. These partnerships are addressing this important need to be more purposeful in our efforts of establishing greater diversity and being a more inclusive discipline.

Price is with Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. Williams is with Albany State University, Albany, GA. Wilburn, Williams, Wadsworth, Weimar, Russell, and Rudisill are with Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Address author correspondence to Sarah Price at Sarah.price@famu.edu.