Black Male Student Success
Support black male students to increase retention and graduation connects to ASU's focus 2030 strategic objective to increase student persistence toward timely degree completion through comprehensive academic support and Student Life experience.
Identify Equity Gaps
4-Year Institution
Maurice Robinson
Assistant Professor
Rakesha Hines
Director of Diversity and International Affairs
Tanjula Petty
Assistant Provost for Student Success and Special Initiatives
Bryn Bakoyema
Assistant Vice President for Planning & Strategic Analysis
Jowaune Williams
Director of Institutional Research
Avis Wheeler
Learning and Development Officer

With Academic Affairs as our champion, we are using a narrative research approach to explore differences between successfully matriculating black males and those who are not.

Our team conducted individual interviews with current, graduated, and stopped-out Black male students in an effort to compare and contrast readiness, motivation, support, and other factors that may determine persistence in the target group.


Academic Affairs, Institutional Research, and Student Affairs & Enrollment Management worked together to identify equity gaps related to Black male students who are presently attending, have graduated, and have stopped-out.

Lessons Learned

DEI projects may take longer than originally planned. If done well, the data and studies of the project may uncover previously unknown variables or dynamics with an organization. Addressing unknown dynamics may take time to uncover properly.

All areas of campus should be on the same page concerning definitions, values, and beliefs for campus diversity and inclusion initiatives.

DEI initiatives have the opportunity to help institutions address equity gaps. Annual and semi-annual assessments by a DEI office, or committee, could help academia recognize and resolve equity issues.