Mission Possible: Promoting the Positive Image of African Americans
Travis Dumas is the 2018 recipient of the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in support of his research titled The Sideline Story: High Achieving Black Male Student Experiences and Strategies in Low Performing High Schools. His study “..will explore how high achieving Black male students create and support their academic success within low-performing high schools.”
Mr. Dumas is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Urban Schooling program. He is an alumnus of the Ronald E. McNair research scholars program, having completed a senior thesis that examined the impacts of stereotyping and stereotype threat on the retention of Black male college students. Mr. Dumas is now a graduate student researcher for the Black Male Institute, being both a course instructor and lead investigator of several research initiatives centering on the experiences, trials, and achievements of Black men and boys in the K-16 nexus. His research interest includes race in education, systems of support for students of color, tools and practices that promote the achievement of Black students, and lesser-explored tolls experienced by Black male students.