I founded The Black Student SUCCESS Project in 2008 with a goal of increasing the retention and graduation rates of Black students at Parkland College. I drew heavily from Dr. Vincent Tinto’s Departure Theory, which states that academic integration and social integration are keys to persistence for college students, particularly students of color.
The idea for this project is to provide interesting and relevant activities and programs designed to create opportunities for students to learn, engage, connect, and dare I say it? Have fun! We have talked about academic topics: Test Anxiety, Gen Eds, and Career planning. We’ve discussed tough social issues: AIDS and the Black Community, Domestic Violence, and Race Relations. We also have addressed Emotional Intelligence and Healthy Relationships, and every spring, we enjoy the University of Illinois Black Chorus.
Black Student SUCCESS Project workshops have become the best-attended on campus, and all students all welcome. Look for our posters and flyers around campus and drop by.
***Our next workshop is this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1-2 p.m. in Room U140. Chief Bill Colbrook will share on keeping safe, underage drinking, and how to interact with the police. It should be a good one.***
Stop by. We’d love to have you.
[Donna Tanner-Harold is a counselor in Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center and coordinates Black Student Success Project activities.]