Demand 5: Academic Support

via community letter, Nov. 11, 2015:

"Due to the historic and current systematic socioeconomic oppression of Black persons in America, we demand that Emory University institutionalize an academic support system for Black students. The history of limited educational attainment for Black students in America leads to the conclusion that not all Black students are adequately prepared for the rigor of Emory University. This ill preparation is not due to lower intelligence than their other racial counterparts, however; it is due to the limited resources (e.g. inability to afford private tutors, having to use outdated textbooks in their public schools, etc.) that most Black students have had to use when attaining their primary and secondary education. Therefore, we demand an institutionalized academic support hub for Black students to have access to and to receive tutoring, specialized study skills, and career mentoring. Emory University has not created a program in place to aid Black students who are unprepared for the academic rigor of Emory's preprofessional academic track. In regards to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, The Center for Science Education along with the Hughes Undergraduate Excelling in Science (HUES) program will be shut down in December. The Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE) program has a limit on how many students can participate to receive the academic support and social mentorship of its program due to lack of funding allocated to OMPS. Therefore, we demand increased funding for the MORE program for Fall of 2016."

Malik Alexander, Carol Anderson, Joanne Brzinski*, Casidy Campbell, Kiana Davis, Lynette Dixon, Carol Flowers, Paul Fowler, Kalesha Hicks, Hal Jones, Cora MacBeth, Deandre Miles-Hercules, Jamani Montague, Joe Moon, Justin Moore, Dianne Stewart, Chanel Tanner, Candy Tate, Monet Timmons, Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Damon Williams, Amber Wilson, Lynn Zimmerman

*Social Justice Process Owner

Create a Summer Bridge Program

 Creation of STEM Pathways, a pre-Orientation program that serves first generation and under-represented first-year students. (August 2016)

_ Recruit STEM Pathways mentors. (February 2017)

_ Invite first-year students to participate in STEM Pathways. (May 2017)

_ Continue STEM Pathways for summer 2017 with the following additions: faculty advisory committee, specific PACE sections for STEM Pathways students, linked biology & chemistry courses. (August 2017)

_ Engage Oxford College to discuss support for diverse students on Oxford campus. (Summer 2017)

_ Explore program for second-year students who are undecided or changing academic direction. (Fall 2017)

Recruit Peer Leaders for Academic Support Programs

_ Engage all support programs in OUE to expand recruitment of diverse student mentors. (Ongoing)