CUETalks - Black College Access: Mourning Broken Promises and Building Possibilities

March 31, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh is taking proactive steps, which includes cancelling or postponing all events that exceed 25 participants or that are considered nonessential. Unfortunately, this has led us to the tough decision of cancelling our Spring CUETalks Lecture (March 31, 2020) and Reflection into Action (April 1, 2020) with Dr. James Earl Davis. We regret not being able to hold these events; however the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is always our utmost priority. 

Due to uncertainties regarding this pandemic, we do not have immediate plans to reschedule this event. Should circumstances change in the future, we will communicate those with you at that time. 

The latest information about the University’s response can be found at



O'Hara Student Center Ballroom | 4042 O'Hara Street Pittsburgh, Pa 15213

College is considered an archetype of success, although its value is contested in the scholarly literature and in public discourse. While access to college accrues a number of benefits, they are not equitably distributed among Black communities. Drawing on findings from his research on pathways to postsecondary education, Dr. Davis attends to the tensions between these broken promises and the affordances of college. There are critical implications in scholarship and practice for the dashed hopes of Black college aspiration and movements toward access.

This evet is free and open to the public, though registration is appreciated. A reception will follow the lecture.




Dr. James Earl Davis is the Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Higher Education and Educational Leadership at Temple University. His research provides new insights into how social contexts of education inform racial and gender experiences and expressions, especially for Black boys and emerging adult men. His work investigates the construction of gender identity and its ties to engagement and performance at different education levels, from early learning to higher education. His work has been published in Educational Researcher, Gender & Society, Review of Educational Research, Journal of Negro Education, American Journal of Evaluation, Youth and Society, Evaluation Review, Urban Education, and funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Reflection into Action


April 1, 2020 (the day after the lecture)

4-6 p.m.

Blakey Center 1908 Wylie Avenue Pittsburgh, Pa 15219


Join Dr. James Earl Davis and our panel of local school, district, student group, parent, and community representatives for a discussion designed to create collective strategies for advancing the ideas presented during Dr. Davis's CUETalks Lecture the day before (March 31) into actionable plans for improving our schools and communities. This event is cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center in the Hill District.