"A University is a human invention for the transmission of knowledge and culture from generation to generation, through the training of quick minds and pure hearts, and for this work no other human invention will suffice, not even trade and industrial schools…It is the trained living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human… Education and work are the levers to uplift a people. Work alone will not do it unless inspired by the right ideals and guided by intelligence. Education must not simply teach work—it must teach Life. The Talented Tenth of the Negro race must be made leaders of thought and missionaries of culture among their people."
W.E.B Du Bois—The Talented Tenth
W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most influential Black public intellectuals and activists of the 20th century. While Black leaders such as Booker T. Washington advocated vocational training for newly freed slaves, Du Bois struggled tirelessly to ensure the Black folk would also have access to higher education. The cultural capital learned within the walls of college classrooms, builds character, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and increases access to broader economic opportunity. Du Bois advanced the idea that if cultivated—a cohort of truly exceptional African Americans would serve as the future leaders of the Black community. Du Bois spent his entire life highlighting the importance of higher education, and attempting to open up access to education to marginalized social groups, particularly people of color. It is with his life and legacy in mind that we have aptly named this program, The W.E.B. Du Bois Faculty-Student Research Experience.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Faculty-Student Research Experience is pilot undergraduate research program. Funded by a grant from the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, this program supports collaborative research projects between students and faculty.
The program was designed so that students at Farmingdale State College can reap the enormous benefits of work as a research assistant. These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Specific content-based knowledge
- Applied research skills and techniques
- Problem solving skills
- Effective oral and written communication skills
Thus, the skills learned through this experience aid in students’ overall professional development. Moreover, students who participate will be given equipment, software, and/or access to webinars, and other resources required for their research experience.