Holmes Scholars Program connects underrepresented doctoral students

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The first cohort of IU School of Education Holmes Scholars and members of the faculty advisory group meet over Zoom.

The first cohort of the Holmes Scholars Program has begun at the IU School of Education.

The Holmes Scholars Program, established in 1991 by the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, supports students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education. Ten students pursuing their doctoral degrees are part of the cohort this year, with additional students to be added each year. One of the goals of the program is creating a network for hyperraced students to come together and support each other with their studies – and with issues going on in the world.

To have a space where you don’t have to feel guilty for taking the time to deal with these kind of traumas and talk to someone about balancing this continually hostile environment and still get your research done is what this Holmes program is going to be about.

Carl Darnell

“Sometimes we get caught up with our individual issues being hyperraced people. When things happen on the news, for some folks it’s just the news. To have a space where you don’t have to feel guilty for taking the time to deal with these kind of traumas and talk to someone about balancing this continually hostile environment and still get your research done is what this Holmes program is going to be about,” said Carl Darnell, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “I think it’s going to be extremely helpful and productive for our students.”

As a doctoral student himself, Darnell didn’t work with any faculty. He wants to that to change for the Holmes scholars.

“Higher education and Ph.D. programs in general in the US don’t have very many hyperraced people in them. Even when you think about advanced degrees, hyperraced students are counseled or advised against it,” he explained. “It’s important bringing hyperraced students together to create a real community of scholarship.”

Darnell added the program is beyond the Office of DEI and should remain that way. With funding from the Office of the Dean and several faculty members involved in the planning and implementation, the Holmes Scholars Program is another way the School of Education will continue to relentlessly foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion for all.

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