Monday, March 9, 2015
Reception: 9:00 a.m.
Lecture: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Northridge Center, University Student Union
Dr. Shaun Harper
Student Engagement and Inclusive Campus Environments
From Magical Thinking to Strategy & Intentionality
Professor Harper, an expert on equity and student engagement in higher education, will talk about what all members of the educational community can do to more intentionally engage CSUN students and foster environments that bolster a sense of belonging for all. He will explain how engagement and inclusivity in classrooms and out-of-class spaces positively affect persistence, academic achievement, and a range of other important student outcomes. His lecture will include numerous examples of effective strategies employed at other colleges and universities across the nation.
Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Gender Studies, and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. His research examines race and gender in education and social contexts, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and college student engagement. Professor Harper has published 12 books and over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Journal of Higher Education, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and The Review of Higher Education are some journals in which his studies are published. He has received over $11.7 million in research grants. Dr. Harper has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR and featured or quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and over 400 other media outlets. He received the 2014 American Educational Research Association Relating Research to Practice Award and the 2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education Early Career Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Albany State, a historically Black University in Georgia, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.