The Half Yet to Be Told: Study Abroad and HBCUs

edited by: Andre P. Stevenson & Keshia Abraham


About this Volume:

Many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are engaged in education abroad and have been for decades. Like other institutions, study abroad at HBCUs offers a variety of options for traveling to different areas of the world for students, while seeking to advance toward obtaining a degree. HBCU students are also increasingly receiving scholarships to study abroad and faculty-led programs have become options for students to gain study abroad experience. Annually, more HBCU students participate in internships abroad worldwide, as well. However, much of the literature regarding study abroad at HBCUs focuses on barriers that prevent students from participating at comparable levels as other institutions.

How can we celebrate the work of education abroad practitioners at HBCUs?

What can other institutions learn from the experience of HBCUs engaged in study abroad?

This edited book will highlight the extraordinary and innovative contributions of HBCUs to education abroad as a whole, with special emphasis on historical perspectives of global education, opportunities for global engagement, stories from faculty, staff, and alumni and how study abroad fosters a sense of belonging in the world.


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Release date: Summer 2021


Chapters to include:

  • Developing a Viable, Vibrant Study Abroad Culture at a Rural, Low Resourced HBCU: Mississippi Valley State University, Oasis of the Mississippi Delta
  • The Place Matters: A Case Study on How Short-Term Study Abroad Adds Measurable Change for Assessments in Pre-existing Courses
  • Ties that Bind: Global Engagement, Exchanges & Education Abroad Between HBCUs and Africa
  • The Untold Story: A Rights-Based Approach to Study Abroad through the HBCU Land-Grant Experience at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • In their Own Words: The Transformative Impact of Study Abroad Experience at Spelman College
  • Faculty Internationalization: Approaches and Impacts at Two HBCUs – Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and Spelman College
  • Cultural Humility: From Rural Halifax, Virginia to An International Quest to Serve
  • A Hidden Study Abroad Jewel with Global Implications: Autism Phenomenally Speaks
  • Black History in the Making- How Studying Abroad Imparts Self Efficacy, Identity Development and Career Exploration within HBCU Students
  • Online Global Engagement and the Advancement of International Education at HBCUs
  • Social Media and its Impact on Black Student Engagement in Education Abroad
  • Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung (Processing the Past): Germany’s Role in Internationalization at HBCUs
  • Maximizing Global Opportunities: Fostering Cultural and Occupational Experiences for HBCU Students Who Study Abroad
  • A Commitment to Study Abroad & Lessons Learned
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities as Catalysts for Developing a Sense of Belonging in the Global Community: Perspectives from the Field
  • Telling the Lincoln University Legacy of Study Abroad

About the Editors:

Dr. Andre P. Stevenson is Professor of Social Work in the Department of Health and Human Studies, Director of the Office of International Programs (OIP), and Director of the University Honors Program at Elizabeth City State University. He has experience teaching social work education and public health (both undergraduate and graduate levels) and currently teaches courses in research methods and social policy in the Social Work Program. He co-authored several publications in noted research journals, has served as guest editor for the Journal on Social Work Education and Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, which focused on research, practice, and theoretical perspectives among HBCU scholars. His current research interest includes, but is not limited to, study abroad opportunities among students and faculty at HBCUs and the implications for competing in a global workforce. He has presented at numerous professional conferences in the United States and abroad. As director of OIP, he assisted multiple students with being awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in various countries. In addition, the OIP developed a partnership with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), through which most ECSU students choose to study. As University Honors Program Director, he teaches Honors Colloquium courses and works with faculty to ensure students work toward completing their honors theses. He works with students to assist with securing internships and having their manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Stevenson was selected as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in 2020 to study in Taiwan. In addition, he was selected as a Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellow to study in Myanmar in 2021. Prior to being on faculty at ECSU, he served as a faculty member in the Foundation for Professional Development’s School of Business/Yale University School of Public Health Advanced Health Management Program in Pretoria, South Africa. He also served as Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Bowie State University, as well as Chair and Assistant Professor of Social Work at Johnson C. Smith University. He began his academic teaching career at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he served as Lecturer and Director of Field Education in the Department of Social Work. He has served as an adjunct faculty with the University of Pittsburgh, Walden University, Gallaudet University, and Georgetown University.

Dr. Keshia Abraham, founder and president of The Abraham Consulting Agency, is a compassionate and deeply engaged J.E.D.I (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) educator committed to facilitating personal and organizational development and intercultural growth. Keshia firmly believes in the transformative power of international education and the long term impact it has, hence her unwavering commitment to comprehensive internationalization/global learning especially at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). The daughter of two HBCU educated educators, she is an HBCU alum and has served as a tenured faculty member, department chair, academic Dean and program director at 3HBCUs and MSIs. An elected Council member at The Forum on Education Abroad, Dr. Abraham has collaborated on working groups, presented at forums, seminars, and conferences on both international education and African (diaspora) literature all over the world. Dr. Abraham earned a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Postcolonial literature and culture (specifically African Diaspora Women’s Literature) and Popular Education and her Bachelor’s degree in English (emphasis on Women’s Studies) at the esteemed Spelman College. She is also a certified Ayurvedic yoga specialist and experienced wellness practitioner which informs all of her J.E.D.I work.


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