Three Black Scholars Presented With Notable Awards

Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr., professor of higher education leadership at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, has received the 2018 Dr. Charles Eberly Oracle Award for his article titled, “Intersectional Value? A Pilot Study Exploring Educational Outcomes for African American Women in Historically Black Sororities versus Non-historically Black Sororities.” The purpose of the study was to explore if there is value added in terms of educational outcomes for Black women involved in historically Black sororities by comparing them to Black women involved in non-historically Black sororities, given the racial-gender support historically Black sororities offer. Dr. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, a master’s degree from Minnesota State University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Gina Athena Ulysse, professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, received the Anthropology in Media Award at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California. The award honors scholars who successfully use the media to educate the general public about anthropological topics. She is the author of Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me & The World (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), a volume that won the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Dr. Ulysse is a graduate of Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Kofi Lomotey, the Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, has received a “Hidden Figures” award for 2018 by the University Council for Educational Administration. The award is given to annually to educators who are foundational scholars and trailblazers who have broken barriers, disrupted the status quo, and opened doors on educational leadership and policy. Dr. Lomotey has been a WCU faculty member since 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oberlin College in Ohio, a master of education in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

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