The Half Yet to Be Told: Study Abroad and HBCUs

edited by: Andre P. Stevenson & Keshia N. Abraham

About this Volume:

Many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are engaged in education abroad and have been for decades. Like other institutions, study abroad at HBCUs offers a variety of options for traveling to different areas of the world for students, while seeking to advance toward obtaining a degree. However, much of the literature regarding study abroad at HBCUs focuses on barriers that prevent students from participating at comparable levels as other institutions.

How can we celebrate the work of education abroad practitioners at HBCUs?

What can other institutions learn from the experience of HBCUs engaged in study abroad?

This edited book will highlight the extraordinary and innovative contributions of HBCUs to education abroad as a whole, with special emphasis on historical perspectives of global education, opportunities for global engagement, stories from faculty, staff, and alumni and how study abroad fosters a sense of belonging in the world.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College

1. Introduction Andre P. Stevenson and Keshia N. Abraham

Historical Narratives

2. “Ties That Bind”: Global Engagement, Exchanges, and Education Abroad Between HBCUs and Africa Asabe W. Poloma

3. Telling the Lincoln Legacy of Study Abroad Dafina Blacksher Diabate and Terri Joseph

4. Understanding the Growth, Assessment Methods, and Transformative Impact of Study Abroad at Spelman College ‘Dimeji R. Togunde and Rokhaya Fall

5. Our Commitment to Study Abroad and Lessons Learned: The Advancement of Study Abroad at Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University Marisa A. Francois, Charlene Chester, Natasha Otto, Kimberly Warren, LaPorchia Davis, Gonzalo Baptista and Samia Kirchner

6. Developing a Viable, Vibrant Study Abroad Culture at a Rural, Low-Resource HBCU: MVSU, Oasis of the Mississippi Delta Kathie Stromile Golden and Lokesh Shivakumaraiah

7. Black History in the Making: How Studying Abroad Imparts Self-Efficacy, Black Identity Development, and Career Exploration Within HBCU Students Stephanie Tilley, Ashleigh Brown-Grier, Marcus King and Shadana Chaney

8. The Place Matters: A Case Study on How Short-Term Study Abroad Adds Measurable Change for Assessments in Preexisting Courses Melanie Smith and Jessica Sparks

9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities as Catalysts for Developing a Sense of Belonging in the Global Community: Perspectives from South Africa Kwanele Shishane and Johannes John-Langba

Innovative Practices

10. Maximizing Global Opportunities: Fostering Cultural and Occupational Experiences for HBCU Students Who Study Abroad Jayne Cubbage

11. Academic Service Learning in Trinidad and Tobago: A Hidden Study Abroad Jewel Irma J. Gibson

12. From Rural Halifax, Virginia, to an International Quest to Serve: Follow the Process A Personal Narrative Verlisha M. Brandon with Gwendolyn B. Thornton

13. Social Media and Its Impact on Black Student Engagement in Education Abroad Ashleigh Brown-Grier, Maraina Montgomery and Desirée Daring

14. Faculty Internationalization: The Impact of Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs on Faculty at Spelman College ‘Dimeji R. Togunde and Rokhaya Fall

15. A Rights-Based Approach to Study Abroad Through the HBCU Land-Grant Experience at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pamela D. Moore

16. Online Global Engagement and the Advancement of International Education at HBCUs Vivian Shannon-Ramsey, Kendra P. Alexander, Kenisha M. Thomas, Makeba K. Green, Mentha Hynes-Wilson and Krystal Lopez

17. Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung (Processing the Past): Germany’s Complex Role in Internationalizing HBCUs LaNitra M. Berger

Afterword Ruth J. Simmons, President, Prairie View, A&M University


For the Future: Historically Black Institutions Leading With Love Keshia N. Abraham

Praise for The Half Yet to Be Told

“This collection of eye-opening, thoughtful essays on the rich culture of education abroad at HBCUs illuminates a previously untold, fascinating history of innovative practices in global engagement.  The book approaches its themes through a refreshingly positive and asset-based lens.  From the perspective of a receiving institution, reading these accounts compels us to seek more partnerships with HBCUs, to make an authentically diverse and holistic experience possible for all our students, those on home campuses and those who we welcome through these important collaborations.  We have so much to learn from one another.”  
– Enda Carroll, Associate Director, Learning Abroad, University College Dublin 

“Carter G. Woodson challenged Black Americans to Wake Up and Inspire as a counter to the vast deficits painted in the literature about Black education and life. Stevenson and Abraham boldly demonstrate the Woodson inspiration interwoven in the HBCU experience. This gripping publication honors the souls and spirits of unsung Black institutions at the center of transformative education abroad. It is a must-read publication that is an anthem of diaspora literacy as it unapologetically encapsulates the hearts and voices of HBCU educators committed to liberatory education.”
– Dr. Gwenda R. Greene, Dean of Graduate Studies and Integrative Learning, Voorhees University

“This volume is an extremely rich resource for anyone involved in higher education in general and internationalization specifically. It compels us to reconceptualize education abroad at HBCUs, as an integral part of the evolution of global learning in American higher education.  Abraham and Stevenson have assembled an impressive group of thought-leaders who offer a remarkable balance of historical narratives, innovative strategies and a wealth of concrete examples of success in education abroad programming at HBCUs.”  
– Dr. Anthony L. Pinder, Vice Provost, Internationalization & Equity – Academic Affairs, Emerson College

About the Editors:

Dr. Andre P. Stevenson is Professor of Social Work in the Department of Health and Human Studies and Director of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at Elizabeth City State University.

Dr. Keshia N. Abraham is founder and president of The Abraham Consulting Agency.

This book is a part of of the Standards in Action book series.