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K-State Today Student Edition

April 11, 2013



Spring 2013 Faculty Showcase featuring Tosha Sampson Choma on April 15

By JohnElla Holmes

Tosha Sampson-Choma, assistant professor of American Ethnic Studies, will present a paper titled, "Finding Mama In Academia: An Examination of the Impact of Black Female Professors on the Success of Black Students" at noon, Monday, April 15, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. 

Sampson-Choma is a native of New Jersey, but a long time resident of the Midwest. She completed her doctorate in English and African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been employed at Kansas State since 2002, five of those years were spent in the English department. 

Black women have a purpose and calling beyond the traditional and mundane purpose of educating individuals. The role of the black female scholar is integral to the success of our institutions. We advocate for social change, aid in the retention of students of color, and black students in particular, and by extension make an indelible impact upon the communities from which students hail. Sampson-Choma's current study involves an ethnographic approach to understanding the impact of black female instructors on their students. While the project is in an early stage, it will undoubtedly contribute to the current research on the retention of students of color at predominantly white institutions.