Serving African American Students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution: Black Centered Active Instruction as a Pedagogical Practice


  • Leah Tonnette Gaines University of Central Florida, USA



High Impact Learning Practices, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, African American Students, Interdisciplinary Studies, Pedagogy, Black Studies


From a critical race perspective and the narrative view of one faculty member, this paper discusses some teaching practices implemented for undergraduate Black students who attend a Hispanic-serving institution. The findings of this work offer Black-Centered Active Instruction (BCAI) as a pedagogy to engage the students. BCAI centers the specific needs of Black students who are within the minority, pushes for active engagement with Black students both in and out of the classroom, and encourages the creation of safe Black spaces for undergraduate students. The implication of this work encourages educators to consider the history of antiblackness within American culture, primarily minority spaces, and apply this to similar practices in higher education.


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Author Biography

Leah Tonnette Gaines, University of Central Florida, USA

LEAH TONNETTE GAINES, PhD, is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include the study of race and identity, African American Language, socioeconomic realities of African Americans, Black women and beauty, pedagogical practices, educational experiences, urban education, and structural inequities within education. Email:


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