|Dr. Darrin Rankin, vice president of student success for Lone Star College-Kingwood, will speak about the African American male in higher education on behalf of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) this summer at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China.|
He has presented internationally in places like South Africa and Europe regarding his passion for student engagement and the experience of the African American male. This summer, Rankin will take the podium again when he visits Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China, to speak on behalf of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) about “The 21st Century African American Male in Higher Education.”
This topic is not new to Rankin, who has extensively studied and researched student success during his more than two decades of higher education experience. “The issue of student access, success and attainment is critical for the United States if our country is to continue to lead the world in areas of math and science,” he said.
The NAAAS selects topics that deal with training and working with youth in higher education for presentation at various forums around the world. Places such as Africa, China, and several states throughout the country are chosen as venues for people to present their research.
“Through this presentation, I hope to enlighten those present about the realities of the struggle and triumph in this country as it relates to education and access for the poor and less affluent,” Rankin said. “Further, this talk will benefit the audience in terms of recognizing education as not only a private good, but a public good as well.”
Rankin is an outspoken advocate for inclusion and equality for men and women of color, and serves as a member of the board of directors for both local and national organizations like Leadership North Houston and The United Way. He currently serves as chairperson for the diversity committee on the LSC-Kingwood campus and leads initiatives like institutional sensitivity, diversity and intercultural inclusion. He believes and advances diversity as a strategic asset to improve organizational outcomes and the human condition.
Rankin earned a bachelor’s from Loyola University in New Orleans, a master’s in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Services from Syracuse University and holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the historically black research university, Jackson State University. He is a 2001 graduate of the distinguished Harvard University IEM program, where he was a Bush Hewlett Fellow.
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