Author Event: Authors of The Black Family Guide to College Admissions

Event date: 
Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
6637 Meadowbrook Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76112

Free ~ In-Person ~ Meet and Greet ~ Author Talk ~ Book Signing ~ Books will be available for purchase ~ Refreshments Provided

About Book

Finding the right college is a challenge for all students. But Black families face additional challenges and questions while navigating the admissions process. In The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions,veteran admissions experts Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown share provocative insights and demystify this complex process to answer important questions from where to apply to how to get in. 

Fields and Herndon-Brown discuss specific concerns for Black families that are not often addressed by school counselors or other resources. They highlight how the current social justice movement amplifies the distinct dynamics that exist between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and predominantly white institutions and which college choices may be best for Black students. Fields and Herndon-Brown pull from decades of experience to offer the savvy advice that Black families need. Having worked on both sides of the desk―as school counselors and as college admissions gatekeepers―they are well equipped to give parents, students, and school counselors the information and inspiration to successfully research and navigate the admission journey. 

The higher education landscape is constantly evolving, and admissions criteria have evolved with it. Fields and Herndon-Brown cover everything from athletic recruitment and artistic talents to financial aid and step-by-step instructions for how to get through the college search and application processes. A list of the best colleges for Black students, a glossary of terms, a list of notable Black college graduates, a suggested reading list, and an FAQ section round out the guide. The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions is the definitive resource to begin the complex conversation of understanding the choices that Black families face as they go through the college admissions process at the intersection of education, parenting, and race.

About Authors

Timothy Fields - Co-author of the forth coming book The Black Families Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation about Education, Parenting, and Race. Timothy Fields has spent the past 25 years working in various areas of higher education, primarily in enrollment management at Emory University where he currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean in Undergraduate Admission. In this role, he serves as a member of the leadership team for the recruitment, evaluation, and construction of the freshman class for Emory University, including students who will eventually matriculate to Goizueta Business School and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In addition to his work in enrollment management, he has also worked in student affairs, residential life, athletics, and with several Federal TRiO programs at two-year, state flagship, and private institutions.

Beyond his work in higher education, Timothy has worked with several Non-Profit and Community Based Organizations that include 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Chicago Scholars, UPS Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke, National Merit Corporation, United Negro College Fund, the Gates Foundation, and currently a Board Member for TDI (Turning Dreams into Reality). He has also done work with the Division of Family and Children Services helping students in foster care gain access to college, as well as other community initiatives.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Timothy earned a BA in Psychology from Morehouse College, M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has completed all doctoral work at Georgia State University. His academic interests include HBCUs, post-secondary access of under-represented populations, and supporting Black male initiatives. When not working, Timothy is a husband, father of twins, avid runner, traveler, and entrepreneur.

Shereem Herndon-Brown - As an educator for over 20 years, I have been featured in periodicals like the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. I build college lists for students, help with their essay writing and revision and offer personalized college advice. I am a dynamic leader, educational strategist, emerging author, and speaker. I have counseled many students and families through the often-frustrating private school and college “admissions maze" and my students have been accepted to such colleges and universities such as Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Stanford, Syracuse, University of Georgia, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Texas – Austin, Vanderbilt and Yale as well as many others.

Before I set out on this purpose-filled assignment, I worked as an Admissions Officer at Georgetown University and a guidance counselor at two high schools. Having worked on “both sides of the desk” in admissions gives me a perspective that few other counselors have. I aim to assist students and families who do not readily know about this process or have extensive knowledge of the world of college admission.

I graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelors’s degree in English and a Masters of Arts degree from the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College. In 2005, I was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools as an E.E. Ford Fellow for Aspiring Heads of School. Additionally, I have served on the Board of Trustees at La Cima Elementary Charter School in my native borough of Brooklyn, New York. I am also a member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA) and the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). Above all, I am a husband, father of four and a distinguished gentleman of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation about Education, Parenting, and Race By Timothy L. Fields, Shereem Herndon-Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781421444895
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - September 6th, 2022