Preparing Diverse Students for Success in the Academic and Private Sectors: The PhD Project and GSU’s DEI Database

Sponsored by SAGE Publishing

Recorded on 06/09/2021
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 196

Supporting diverse students doesn’t end when they leave the classroom. In fact, our guests on this four-part series demonstrate that meaningful, valuable, and equitable support should begin before a student steps on campus and extend past graduation—even if they make their way outside of academia. This month, two academics and two publishers join us on the Authority File to discuss their unique perspectives, strategies, and needs to ensure equitable student support.

The first academic, Dr. Pamela Queen, a finance professor at Morgan State University, understands the importance of post-graduation support all too well. After reaching the glass ceiling in her corporate management position, she decided to return to academia with the aid of The PhD Project—a non-profit organization that works to increase workplace diversity by helping African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans earn their doctorates in business.

Joining Pamela, Dr. Rihana Mason, a research scientist at Georgia State University, found that GSU lacked a comprehensive list of DEI programs, curricula, and resources for students and the greater community. She and her colleague, Dr. Curtis D. Byrd, developed the Georgia State University Diversity Database, with the help of their indexing and inventory tool, THRIVE (Type, History, Research Preparation/Routines & Activities, Inclusion/Identity, Voice, Expectation).

Finally, Todd Baldwin and Miranda Nunhofer, both of SAGE Publishing, highlight projects that SAGE has introduced in support of DEI, including video resources, targeted author recruitment, and expanding their reach at student conferences.


About the guests:

Rihana S. Mason headshot

Rihana S. Mason, Ph.D
Research Scientist
Urban Child Study Center, Georgia State University

Rihana S. Mason, Ph.D. is a research scientist at the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the UCSC, Dr. Mason served as an Associate Professor in Psychology at Emmanuel College for several years where she helped to expand the undergraduate curriculum in psychology. She is the 2021-2022 President for the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) a member of the Psi Chi Diversity Advisory Committee. She is the co-author of the Lever Press publication, Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelors to the Professoriate.


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Pamela E. Queen, Ph.D., PMP
Professor of Finance
Morgan State University

Pamela E. Queen, Ph.D., PMP is a finance professor at Morgan State University where she teaches students using Case Methods. She authors business cases about controversial issues to engage students and expand their critical-thinking skills. Prior to joining academia, she managed major IT modernization projects for corporate and government agencies. She serves in the Maryland General Assembly on the Economic Matters Committee. 


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Miranda Nunhofer
Vice President, Research
SAGE Publishing

Joining SAGE Publishing in London in 1995, Miranda has worked in journals publishing for over 25years. Her career has included work within a variety of roles within the editorial department, including as a Commissioning Editor for Criminology books and journals. As Vice President for Research, Miranda has overall responsibility for the growth and development strategy for a big portfolio of social science, humanities and STM titles.


Todd Baldwin
Vice President, Library Editorial & DC Executive Lead
SAGE Publishing


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