Bowie State Research Center Seeks To Serve As Pipeline For Black Men In Education

August 14, 2019
Mentoring center for black male students and teachers is headed to Bowie State University.

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A new center at Bowie State University hopes to encourage Black men to join the education field.

The Center for Research and Mentoring of Black Male Students and Teachers is part of a grant awarded to Bowie State associate professor and math researcher Dr. Julius Davis.

Dr.Davis was one of the recipients of the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship by the University System of Maryland.

With the award he was given $44,000 in grant money which will go towards the center, according to a press release.

"It feels great to know that the University System of Maryland thought that it was worth the investment to create a center for research and mentoring of Black male students and teachers at a historically Black university,”Dr. Davis said

The center will serve as a pipeline for Black men to enter the education -- specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported.

“I’m excited to start working with the young men. I do research, but I really want to impact what’s going on in the community, where the work matters most,” Dr. Davis said.

Dr.Davis will select a total of 25 to 50 local students to participate in programs, workshops, and field trips during the 2019-2020 school year.

“When I think of all the Black males who have been in my life, like teachers and family members, they provide me with a window to explore who I want to be as a Black male," Dr. Davis said. "To develop more Black males in education and in STEM fields, students need to see more people who look like them, so they can envision how they can enter into those fields.”

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