NAC&U will present its 7th annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College and a leading authority on racial issues in America, at the AAC&U Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 26, in San Francisco, CA. The Ernest L. Boyer Award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. Following the presentation of the 7th Annual Ernest L. Boyer Award, Dr. Tatum will deliver the Boyer Lecture with a plenary titled: “Why Are All the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Campus Conversations about Race.
“We are pleased that Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum will deliver the 2017 Boyer Lecture. Her contributions to our national conversation about racism in our K-12 schools, colleges and universities as well as her efforts to help us understand the development of racial identity have played an important role in fostering a more civil society,” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U.
Dr. Tatum is a nationally recognized authority on racial issues in America, president emerita of Spelman College, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She has toured extensively, leading workshops and presenting papers and lectures on racial identity development. Dr. Tatum is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, which was released as a fifth anniversary edition in January 2003. She is also the author of Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987) and has published widely in social science and education journals. In May 2007, Dr. Tatum released Can We Talk About Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation.
Dr. Tatum served as Spelman College’s ninth president from 2002 until 2015. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field of education. In 2013, Dr. Tatum was recipient of an Academic Leadership Award from Carnegie Corporation of New York for her role as “an exceptional president of a U.S. college or university”; and, in 2014, she received the highest honor of the American Psychological Association, the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, recognizing her path-breaking work in race relations and leadership in higher education.
About the Ernest L. Boyer Award
Ernest L. Boyer’s impact on how we understand undergraduate education—as teachers, scholars, and learners —gave rise to NAC&U when like-minded private, comprehensive colleges, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, came together to define their distinctive mission and contribution to higher education in the early 1990s. Boyer spoke of the New American College as “integrative institutions”—ones that intentionally draw connections across the disciplines, between general education and the major, between faculty and students, between the classroom and campus life, between traditional education and the life-long learning, and between the campus and the larger world.
About The New American Colleges and Universities
Founded in 1995, The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size (2,000-7,500 students) independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. To improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning among its members, The New American Colleges and Universities sponsors projects and conferences, administrator and faculty affinity groups, surveys and data benchmarking, and international study programs. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. Follow them on Twitter @NACandU.