Dr. LaToya Brackett received her Bachelor's degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University and her doctorate degree in African American and African Studies from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2011. Her dissertation is titled "The Evaluation of a Retention Program: An analysis of efforts to retain underrepresented students on the campus of a public predominately white mid-western university from 1995-2006." Her dissertation research produced four major concepts relating to the retention of African American students at MSU with an overarching theme of Social Capital. With this research she continued to assist high school aged youth with gaining the knowledge and assistance necessary to succeed in higher education when working with a non-profit in Charlottesville, VA call City of Promise.
Dr. Brackett worked as the Community Connections Coordinator at the City of Promise with the purpose of getting resources to the served community. Dr. Brackett also received her Masters in Counseling from MSU in 2011. Her primary focus was on multicultural community counseling. She received awards for professionalism and diversity in the counseling program each year she was enrolled. As a doctoral student Dr. Brackett taught for four semesters at MSU primarily in the Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures department. Dr. Brackett is currently awaiting the publications of her book chapter entitled "African American Experience: Income, Occupations, Savings, Investments, and Social Security Trends since 2000" in the edited book Race Still Matters: African American Lived Experiences in the Twenty-First Century" to be published late 2014.
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