Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group meetings for Winter 2022
HFC’s Black Male and Quintessential Unique Essence of Ebony Necessary Sisters (QUEENS) Focus Group will begin weekly meetings for the Winter 2022 semester on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. The meetings, which will be held every Wednesday until May 4 (unless otherwise noted), will be virtual.
HFC sociology professor Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell is the faculty advisor for BMQFG. Chardin Claybourne is the co-faculty advisor. The group's purpose is to challenge and change the accepted narrative regarding Black academic success. It provides an atmosphere in which students are comfortable, and through strength, can learn to deal with discomfiture. It exposes them to opportunities within and outside HFC to help them grow academically and professionally.
In addition to its regular meetings, BMQFG also has several events scheduled for the semester, including:
- HBCU Virtual Tour: Wednesday, Jan. 19
- Black History Month events: February 2022
- Engelhardt Social Justice Fellow: Saturday, March 5
- 3rd Annual Black Male Retention and Success Conference: April 6-8
- 4th Annual Rites of Passage Graduation Ceremony: April 28
"The Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group has an outstanding slate of events and programming scheduled, beginning with its first meeting on Jan. 12 and our HBCU Virtual College Tour on Jan. 19. The Focus Group is here to provide a safe space for student engagement and to offer support for all student questions and concerns. We are excited to begin meeting with students for the Winter 2022 semester!" said Claybourne.
All HFC students are welcome and invited to attend.