Throughout Fall 2017 semester, we had several members of the CSAA-D community complete program milestones.  Congrats to you all!


There are six steps to completing the CSAA doctoral process. The first two are for publishable paper, second two for comprehensive exams, and remaining two are for dissertation prospectus and defense/ completion. Together, these steps spell out D-O-C-T-O-R.

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Congratulations to Lamesha Andrews for successfully defending her publishable paper prospectus. The title of Lamesha’s study is “Melanin Messages: Black College Women and Colorism.”

Congratulations to Danielle Bostick for successfully defending her publishable paper prospectus. The title of Danielle’s study is “Exploring Black Women in Graduate Education Programs Perceptions of Student Debt.” Thanks to Danielle’s committee: Dr. Darris Means, Dr. Melissa Freeman, and Dr. Patrice Buckner Jackson.

Congrats to Jen Rentschler who successfully defended her publishable paper prospectus. Thanks to Drs. Dean, Fresk, and Barham for their service on her committee.

Congratulations to Melvin Whitehead for successfully defending his publishable paper prospectus. The title of Melvin’s study is “Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students of Color Attending a Community College.”

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Congrats to TJ Stewart who successfully defended his publishable paper.  The paper is titled, “Where we are, resistance lives”: Collegiate Black women and everyday resistance.

Congrats to Rose Tahas who successfully defended her publishable paper.

Congrats to Qua’Aisa Williams for successfully defending her publishable paper.  The title of Qua’Aisa’s study is “Exploring Black Girl Magic: The Identity Development of Black First-Generation College Women at a Predominantly White Institution.”

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Congratulations to Cori Bazemore-James, PhD candidate for successfully completing her preliminary exams.

Congratulations to Brittany Williams, PhD candidate for successfully completing her preliminary exams.

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Congrats to Raphael Coleman for defending his dissertation prospectus.

Congrats to Cara Winston Simmons for defending her dissertation prospectus.

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Congrats to Dr. Doug Bell who successfully defended his dissertation titled “An Exploratory Study of How Institutions Utilize Systems to Respond to Students Who are Exhibiting Threatening Behavior.” Thanks to Drs. Dean, McDonald, and Cooper for their service on his committee.  

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