Cherrel Miller Dyce named Diversity and Student Success Fall Speaker for UNC Graduate Student Diversity
Dyce will present "Collaboration, Collectivity, and Consciousness: Retaining Gradate Students of Color" on Sept. 19, noon - 1 p.m., at the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library on UNC's campus.
Cherrel Miller Dyce, assistant professor of education at Elon University and a faculty fellow for the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education, has been selected as the Diversity and Student Success fall speaker for University of North Carolina graduate students.
A social justice advocate, mentor and social theorist, Dyce believes in uplifting marginalized communities through education. She emphasizes cultural competence, diversity, social justice and critical self-reflection in all of her research projects. Her areas of study include educational inequities, particularly black males in education and the educational outcomes for students of color, pairing her interest with the founding of service programs at local Alamance County elementary schools.
Dyce also researches ways to prepare preservice and in-service teachers to interact with diverse learners and methods to engage educators with diverse families. Dyce studies the educational system all the way from Kindergarten to post-graduate studies to get the most holistic picture of the impact on racially and ethnically diverse communities.
Dyce has received the Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students Award from the American College Personnel Association. At Elon, she has been recognized with the following awards: Faculty of the Year, Excellence in Research in the School of Education (May 2016); Black Faculty of the Year from the Black Student Union (April 2015); and Faculty of the Year Award in the African and African-American Studies Program (May 2014). She has published several articles in the area of diversity and social justice.
In 2015, Dyce released her co-edited book with Toni Milton Williams, D.I.V.A. Diaries: The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured based on the DIVAS Collective. The Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic Sistas (DIVAS) Collective was co-founded by Dyce and Williams in 2009 as a support network for black women who were earning their doctoral degrees.