Two scholars from the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff presented research in Nashville at the 25th Annual National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) Conference.
Amera Allison, a sophomore business major from Detroit, MI, presented research on the impact three of the four controlling images of black women in the media (as identified by Patricia Hill Collins, 2000) have on the behavior of their black women audience. Christ-Shamma Matalbert, a sophomore political science major who is originally from Haiti but currently a resident of Douglasville, GA, presented research on college students’ perception of natural hair in the professional setting. Both students received certificates for their presentations.
Mrs. Sheena T. Meadows, director of the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program, stated that she is, “immensely proud of Allison and Matalbert for their hard work in preparing for the conference and grateful to our generous alumni who donate to the Honors Program… It is because of their generosity that we are able to expose our students to the opportunities to present, network, and develop professionally.”
The NAAAHP celebrated a historic 25 years during this conference and recognized the organization’s founders. Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely was in attendance and received recognition and an award for her work as a founder of NAAAHP. During the acceptance of her award at a closing gala held at Tennessee State University, Dr. Blakely stated that, “The dreams of the founders have come true.” She also encouraged the current members to continue to persevere.
The NAAAHP conference provides students from historically or predominately black institutions an opportunity to present research and network with their peers. The conference featured a graduate school and career fair, business etiquette training, quiz bowl, debate tournament, talent show, and more. Mrs. Meadows is hoping to take 50 Honors Program scholars to the conference next year which will be held in Atlanta, GA.
“This conference is truly unlike any other,” Meadows said. “It focuses on the academic and social components, and exposes our students to other brilliant scholars.”
To make a donation to the UAPB Honors Program, make checks payable to the UAPB Foundation Fund with Honors Program in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to UAPB Honors Program, 1200 N. University Dr. Mail Slot 4931, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.