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Empowering Black Men at Community College of Baltimore County

Adrianne Washington, dean of special academic programs at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), noticed a gap in the Honors Program that didn’t sit right with her. She realized that Black men were being overlooked in the program’s success, prompting her to take action.

Washington’s journey began with a mission to recruit and empower African American men as part of the Honors Program’s transformation into a full-fledged Honors College. Over her 15-year tenure at CCBC, she has expanded her roles, ensuring that her work remains student-centered.

As the dean of the nascent Honors College, Washington is focused on ensuring proportional demographic representation, diversity in the classroom, and community engagement. She emphasizes the importance of catering to the needs of community college students, including part-time and non-traditional learners.

Washington envisions innovative changes for the Honors College, such as offering evening and remote synchronous courses to meet students where they are. The transition to a college will bring upgrades like experiential learning, research opportunities, and merit scholarships.

Through deliberate efforts, Washington has successfully integrated minority men into the Honors College, challenging stereotypes and providing opportunities for their academic success. Dr. Sunni Solomon, director of CCBC’s Male Student Success Initiative, praises Washington’s advocacy and inclusivity, ensuring that all students feel welcome and supported.

Washington’s dedication to student needs and her collaborative approach have earned her praise from colleagues and students alike. As the Honors College enters its pilot stage, Washington remains committed to serving students and meeting their evolving needs.

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