Stories of the scholarship experience and strategies for success for students of color in higher education

Join ACT and our distinguished panelists as we celebrate the impact of the ACT Scholars program and the success of its recipients. Panelists will share their success stories and examine the challenges that many students face in education, as well as the stress associated with paying for college. ACT Scholars from the University of Iowa Graduate College and Kirkwood Community College will also examine issues related to the reality of being students of color on predominately white campuses.

Dr. Holcomb-McCoy and our scholars will unpack the importance of resilience and building confidence through their personal experiences and explain how those experiences led them to the realization of their future careers. The session will also address key variables that affect African American and Latinx students and their classroom instructional experiences. Panelists will also address ways in which lack of diversity in classrooms can prevent students of color from achieving their full academic potential.

In addition, our ACT Scholars will share their educational experiences as scholars, the benefits of the program, and suggestions for higher education in supporting students of color on college campuses.

Session Outcome:

The goal of this series will be to celebrate the accomplishments of our scholars who are now working in their professions or are continuing their educational journey and help attendees understand the barriers and outcomes of the equity gap in education and how paying for school at all levels is a key barrier at all levels of education.


Date: December 1, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 75 minutes



 Cheryl Holcomb-McCoyDr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean and professor of education in the School of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Previously, she was Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, and a Professor of Counseling and Human Development at the JHU School of Education.

Panelist Presenters: ACT Scholars

 DaVida AndersonDr. DaVida Anderson, director of student care & integrity, Carroll Community College and University of Iowa Scholar

 Rosina BrittonDr. Rosina Britton, assistant professor and doctoral program coordinator, Governor State University and University of Iowa Scholar

Charles Martin-Stanley IICharles Martin-Stanley II, Ph.D. candidate, University of Iowa Scholar

Eduardo (Lalo) MunozEduardo (Lalo) Munoz, AS, student, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Kirkwood Community College Scholar