Guiffrida Leads Discussion on Supporting Minority College Students

As part of an ongoing series on diversity in higher education, Douglas Guiffrida, associate professor at the Warner School, will be one of the local education experts leading a discussion on the minority student experience at predominately white colleges and universities from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, at St. John Fisher College.

During his talk, Guiffrida will present his research which explores the experiences of African-American students who attend predominantly white institutions in order to more effectively support and retain them. Specifically, he will share how African-American students have described the role of families and friends, faculty, and student organizations on their academic achievement and persistence.

Guiffrida’s research has appeared in leading counseling and higher education journals and has been referenced extensively in professional journals and high-profile publications. He has received national recognition for his research on advancing college retention theory and improving ways in which counselors and other student affairs professionals prepare and support minority college students. In 2007, he was awarded the American Counseling Association's Ralph Berdie Memorial Research Award. He also was awarded a Transitions to College Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. He currently serves as 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 free and open to the public. The event will be held in the COP Conference Room on the St. John Fisher College campus. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or via e-mail: diversity@sjfc.edu.

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