Ja’Kia Marie, a 2016 M.Ed. in Higher Education graduate, published her thesis findings in the Journal of Pan African Studies (JPAS), “a trans-disciplinary on-line peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the intellectual synthesis of research, scholarship and critical thought on the African experience around the world” (JPAS, n.d., para. 1). Ja’Kia’s piece titled, “Racial Identity Development of African American Students in Relation to Black Studies Courses,” explored reasons why undergraduate African American students decided to enroll or not enroll in Black Studies Courses at a Midwestern public institution. This isn’t the first recognition for Ja’Kia's work. She also placed 2nd in Grand Valley State University’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Ja’Kia is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. Take a minute to check out her article here.