Guiffrida Presents a University Roundtable Discussion in Honor of Black History


As part of an ongoing series of diversity discussions on campus, Douglas Guiffrida, associate professor at the Warner School, will lead an upcoming roundtable discussion, “The African-American Student Experience at Predominantly White Colleges,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in the Wilson Commons, Gowen Room, on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. In celebrating Black History, the Office of Minority Student Affairs will sponsor the discussion with Guiffrida.

During his talk, Guiffrida will present his research that has explored the experiences of African-American College students who attend predominantly white colleges for the purpose of assisting college students, faculty, staff, and administrators in understanding and more effectively supporting and retaining African-American students. He will also share ways in which African-American students have described how families, friends, faculty, and student organizations can become assets and liabilities to their academic achievement and persistence.

Guiffrida’s research on minority college students has appeared in leading counseling and higher education journals and the mainstream press. He has earned several national awards for his work, including the American Counseling Association’s Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award. He currently serves as senior associate editor of the Journal of College Counseling and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and the NACADA Journal.

The event is open to the University community. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by March 3 to Marla.Britton@rochester.edu.

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