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Unity through Diversity - Lean on Me: Embracing Humanity as a Radical Act of Resistance

Resources to support Highline College's Unity through Diversity Week 2022

Books and Research

Brooms, Derrick R., and Arthur R. Davis. “Staying Focused on the Goal: Peer Bonding and Faculty Mentors Supporting Black Males’ Persistence in College.” Journal of Black Studies, vol. 48, no. 3, SAGE Publishing, 2017, pp. 305–26,

Brooms, Derrick. “Exploring Black Male Initiative Programs: Potential and Possibilities for Supporting Black Male Success in College.” The Journal of Negro Education, vol. 87, no. 1, 2018, pp. 59–72,

Druery, Jarrod E., and Derrick R. Brooms. “‘It Lit Up the Campus’: Engaging Black Males in Culturally Enriching Environments.Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, vol. 12, no. 4, Educational Publishing Foundation, 2019, pp. 330–40,


Dr. Derrick R. Brooms is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology, a faculty affiliate in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Program, and a Fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and he serves as a youth worker as well. His research primarily focuses on the lived experiences of Black boys and men, including representations in the media and identity development, as well as their pathways to and through college. Dr. Brooms also explores Black men and boys’ sense of self and sense making in navigating various social institutions. He is the author of several books, including Stakes is High: Lessons, Trials and Triumphs in Young Black Men’s Educational Journeys and Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences; he also serves as founding editor of the Critical Race Studies in Education book series with SUNY Press.

In the video below, Dr. Brooms presents Mothering the Movement: Women of the Black Freedom Movement, 1930-1980. Presented as part of MLK Week 2017 at Highline College.

Black Minds Matter