DEI Speaker Series: (Re)Presenting the Narratives of Black Males in Higher Education

Cedric Glenn Sanders, Ph.D., and Marques R. Dexter, M.S., share their research exploring the experiences of black men in education. Dorothy White will facilitate a discussion of their research and immediate action steps faculty and staff can take based on their empirical work.

Cedric Sanders

Cedric G. Sanders is an instructional designer in the University of Georgia’s Department of Finance and Administration. Sanders' research focus is on African American men’s experiences in obtaining graduate level academic degrees in higher education. His dissertation, “Counternarratives of African American Male Doctoral Students at Predominantly White Institutions,” highlights the significance of this work and the need for intentional mentorship support and meaningful interventions to increase enrollment. He obtained his Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development from the University of Georgia.

Marques Dexter

Marques “Dex” Dexter currently serves as a graduate assistant for academic success and program coordinator for the Georgia African American Male Experience (GAAME) program in the Office of Institutional Diversity. He is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology, specializing in sport management and policy and is also pursuing graduate certificates in African American studies, interdisciplinary qualitative studies, and multicultural and diversity studies in education. Outside of his many leadership, social justice, and service involvements, Dexter’s research focuses on the experiences and identities of black male athletes, particularly those who are academically and athletically high-achieving.

Through his scholarship and various campus and professional involvements, Dexter desires to broaden the narrative surrounding black male athletes to conceptualize a more holistic scholar-athlete identity. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dexter is a former NCAA Division I and III collegiate track and field coach and an NCAA Division I athlete. He holds a master’s degree in the same area from UGA and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management from Robert Morris University.