As we conclude our
first year of publication, we hope you have enjoyed our efforts to inform you, to share
our resources, and to expose you to a variety of learning opportunities. In this issue we
continue, with a focus upon Black women in higher education. Our feature articles share
personal experiences and explore issues important to understanding the roles, successes,
tribulations, frustrations and continuing efforts of Sisters to cope within the often
ill-defined parameters that obscure the mysteries of the academy that is higher education.
As we enter the third millennium of the modern era, it is important that we seek to better
understand the roles and impact that burgeoning numbers of college-educated Black women
will increasingly have upon higher education throughout America and the world. This aspect
of the declining presence of Black males in college promises to redefine traditional
relations of power, position and prestige.
staff wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to Dr. Shari Miles, Interim Director of
the African American Womens Institute at Howard University, for serving as guest
editor of this issue, to Dr. Janet Sims-Wood for serving as this issues staff
coordinator, and to our various contributors for their articles, essays and other
Thomas C. Battle, Ph.D.
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center