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CHAPTERS ATTEND ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENTISTS

20180309_134947Faculty, students, and staff affiliated with Pi Gamma Mu at Grambling, Alcorn, and Southern Universities recently participated in the 83rd Annual Conference for the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. held in the city of music, Nashville, Tennessee in March of 2018. The theme for the conference was "Promoting Social Change through Building Resilience". 

Student presenters were as follows: Nadale Celestine with research entitled "Where Are We Now? Recommendations to Improve Campus Climate, Promote Inclusion, and Strengthen Diversity"; Janice Tucker presented research entitled "Because I Learn!: An Exploratory Note on the Academic Identity of African-American"; Mustapha Yoosuf-Akinlaja presented " An Investigation of Student Beliefs on Climate Change: Myth or Reality"; Srey Bruney, Zaphany Banks, and Scylar Allen presented "The Hidden Impact of Technology: An Employee's Perspective"; and Elliott Howard presented "Understanding the Crisis: Drug Death Rates in Louisiana and Student Perceptions of Substance Abuse Counseling".

Dr. Dorothy Idleburg of Alcorn State University, Dr. Frances Staten of Grambling State University, and Dr. Alma Thornton and Professor Kriste Perry of Southern University also organized an Undergraduate Student Panel which focused on "Social Movements in America in Era of President Donald Trump".  Panelists included: Janice Tucker, Nadale Celestine, and Elliot Howard (Me Too - Grambling State University), Takaila Oliphant (Black Lives Matter – Alcorn State University), Caleb Penn and Nnonye Asonye (Alt-Right- Southern University) and Yoosuf-Akinlaja (Antifa-Grambling State University).

Additionally, Dr. Farrah Gafford, Dr. Lamar Shields, Mr. David Yokley, Louisiana Eta Alumni, and former members of Grambling's Social Research Club traveled from a distant Texas, Maryland, and Chicago to participate in a "Thematic Memorial Panel", organized by Dr, Frances Staten, to honor the Late Dr. Joseph Johnson, the third president of Grambling State University who died February 2018. Other panelists included: Dr. John Nwoha, Professor Clarence Williams, Dr. George Whaley, and Dr. Earl Vinson (via technology), and Dr. Lurie Thomason (via technology). The tribute ended in a video reflection prepared by Louisiana Eta Chapter Governor and Special Assistant, Ms. Inetha Wimberly and Project BEAP Volunteer, Ms. Demetria Shelton.


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