Stronger Together: Insights from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

A recently released report “Stronger Together,” developed by the OLC in partnership with the National Accrediting Commission for Diversity and Inclusion, Tennessee State University, United States Distance Learning Association, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women found three primary areas for improvement, including student support, funding, and operations.

HBCUs play an essential role in advancing the nation’s capacity for leadership in quality learning experiences for all students. African Americans and other people of color comprise upwards of 35% of U.S. citizens and permanent residents in American colleges and universities. The number is growing and, in a few decades, students of color will make up the majority of students in the nation’s higher education institutions, the Pew Research Center has suggested.

Please join OLC Chief Academic Officer Angela Gunder and OLC Board Member Dr. Kim Cliett Long for a free webinar on May 28th, 2021 at 11 AM ET. The webinar will address practices to safeguard student success in online learning and actions institutions must take to address inequities, diversity, and inclusion.

Speaker Bio

Angela Gunder
Angela Gunder
Chief Academic Officer and VP of Learning – Online Learning Consortium

Angela Gunder is the Chief Academic Officer and VP of Learning for the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she is responsible for gathering, curating, and leveraging the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through OLC. Prior to her position at the OLC, Angela served as the Director of Instructional Design & Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning, managing and mentoring the team that builds the fully-online programs for The University of Arizona. Her over fifteen-year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in web design, usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. She is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and the recipient of the 2018 MERLOT Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. She is also the recipient of two Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Awards for the creation of a framework for personal learning networks, and for the creation of exploratory installations of education technology.
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Dr. Kim Cliett Long
Board Member – Online Learning Consortium

Dr. Kim Cliett Long is with Adult Learners NOW. She previously served as Associate Provost for Administration and Extended Education and Professor of Organizational Management at Wiley College in Texas, USA – home of the “Great Debaters”. She also serves as the official curator for the Wiley College fine art collection. Dr. Long earned her doctoral degree from Northcentral University in Organizational Leadership. She is a Distance Learning Specialist certified in Distance Education by the University of West Georgia. She has earned the following certifications: Certified Program Planner in the area of Learning Program Management, Certified Faculty Developer, Certified Adult Educator. She has served on a multitude of boards and committees at the local, state, and federal levels including a gubernatorial appointment to Southwest Florida College Board of Trustees where she served for five years including a term as Chairman. Dr. Long’s research interests include servant leadership and distance education access for diverse and underserved learners.