Stacey Garrett

Stacey Garrett, a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Clemson University, will attend two scholar programs this summer.
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Before the end of the summer, Stacey D. Garrett will have traveled from coast to coast to participate in two highly competitive, national scholar programs. Garrett, a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Clemson University, will present research, engage with other scholars and participate in dialogue on topics such as leadership, higher education and diversity.

Garrett will first attend the Building Future Faculty (BFF) Program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina from March 30 to April 2. She has also been selected to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) as a student scholar in San Francisco, California from May 30 to June 4.

“I’m honored to be a part of two very different programs in such a short amount of time,” Garrett said. “I can’t wait to meet other scholars from across the country and explore topics that are so vitally important in the field of educational leadership.”

The BFF Program is designed for doctoral and post-doctoral students interested in pursuing academic careers and promoting diversity in higher education. Participants attend presentations on research as well as teaching and faculty development. They also engage in discussion sessions with current faculty at all levels from assistant to full professor. Each participant is matched with an academic department whose interests closely match their own.

The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies launched NCORE in 1988 to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. It has since evolved into a resource for higher education institutions and provides a significant forum for discussion and critical dialogue in the search for strategies to promote culturally diverse settings.

Garrett is currently working on dissertation research focused on the experiences of tenured faculty women of color at predominantly white, public, research institutions. She seeks to explore attributes in individuals, institutions and culture that can help this target demographic succeed and advance.

Garrett said her involvement at the BFF Program and NCORE will help to broaden her understanding of the context surrounding the topics she currently explores. She is excited to participate in current conversations regarding “intersectionality and systematic barriers in education.”

“I want to build a network for current and future research,” Garrett said. “I’m looking forward to learning about life as a faculty member as I prepare for my final year in my program and embark upon a faculty job search.”