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New Book Explores Black Women’s Pathways to Academic Leadership

Black Women’s Pathways to Executive Academic Leadership

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, a groundbreaking new book titled “Black Women’s Pathways to Executive Academic Leadership” has emerged, shedding light on the unique experiences and challenges faced by Black women leaders in academia. Authored by a team of experts, this book arrives at a crucial juncture when diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education are under scrutiny, with legislative attacks on diversity initiatives in states like Florida and Texas.

The authors recognize the pressing need for academic leaders who comprehend the experiences of racially and ethnically diverse student populations, can identify and dismantle barriers that obscure merit, and can advocate for inclusive campus environments. With over 55% of college presidents planning to step down in the next five years, there is an opportunity not only to diversify leadership but also to address the imperative of creating welcoming and inclusive spaces for all students.

Key Highlights of “Black Women’s Pathways to Executive Academic Leadership”:

Diverse Voices and Experiences: The book amplifies the voices and experiences of Black women leaders across various higher education settings, including community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and predominantly White institutions (PWIs).

In-Depth Analysis: Through in-depth analysis and personal narratives, the authors delve into the intricacies of academic leadership, shining a light on the obstacles and opportunities encountered by Black women leaders.

Call to Action: The book serves as a powerful call to action for higher education institutions, urging them to prioritize diversity and inclusion within their leadership structures.

Recognition and Support: It highlights the invaluable contributions of Black women leaders in shaping the future of education and calls for greater recognition and support for their vital work.

As higher education undergoes significant changes, “Black Women’s Pathways to Executive Academic Leadership” emerges as an essential resource for navigating the complexities of leadership and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion on campuses nationwide.

For media inquiries, review copies, or interviews with the authors, please contact Geane de Lima at [email protected].

To acquire your copy of “Black Women’s Pathways to Executive Academic Leadership,” visit

Dr. Crystal R. Chambers, a 2018 Carnegie Fellow and professor of educational leadership at East Carolina University, is among the distinguished contributors to this book. Her extensive honors and expertise in race and gender issues in higher education, including college choice, faculty advancement, and doctoral education, make her a leading voice in this critical dialogue. Dr. Chambers continues to make significant contributions to shaping the future of higher education through her research and leadership.




Black Women’s Pathways to Executive Academic Leadership

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