N.J. Akbar - Black male academic success
N.J. is interested in Black male academic success throughout their educational careers (K-16). He focuses on utilizing Critical Race Theory as an approach to reframing the impact of positive adult/parental engagement (including fictive kinship) on the college decision making process during adolescence and persistence while in college. N.J. is also exploring the influence of pedagogical practices on marginalizing the marginalized in online courses. This has led him to investigate the impact that the identity self-disclosure decision making process has on underrepresented students' engagement in online courses.