New Program Coordinator Joins Westminster McNair Scholars Program

Greetings, ASPIRE!

The Westminster College McNair Scholars Program would like to introduce you to Dr. Lara Chatman, our new program coordinator. She joined the director, Dr. Jo Hinsdale, at the beginning of October and jumped into providing services for our students.

As a product of both Upward Bound and UB Math-Science, she operates out of her knowledge, passion, and commitment to TRIO. Her primary goal is to provide holistic support to her scholars while helping to create new first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority Ph.Ds. who will diversify professorship and research in higher education.

Dr. Chatman received her BA in political science and psychology from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s in Education from Freed Hardeman University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Miami University.  She speaks at conferences and events on a range of topics, including: student retention, minority student success, career decision-making, and thriving and surviving at predominately white institutions as a minority student.  She also does SAT/ACT preparatory workshops for STEM high school students.

As a researcher and scholar, Lara studies African American women and mentoring, multicultural and diversity education, minority student retention, and critical race storytelling. She has published a chapter on the 10 Great Curricula and Navigating Inhibited Spaces: Black Female Scholars’ Re-Articulation of Knowledge Production in the Academy; she also has several works in progress. Lara is known for her abrasive and sassy talks on African American students thriving in inhibited college environments and Uncourageous Talks on Diversity and Race.

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