“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” -Mary McCleod Bethune




The  Action Research Center's reports and policy papers serve as a  response to the changing landscape of global education.  Please, visit the website to download publications.  Join our mailing list to learn about new reports, research, and publications.




Subscribe for Publications

Congrats! You’re subscribed



Dr. Richard Reddick, Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Texas at Austin, is an expert on higher education and African-American students and faculty. His research analyzes mentoring relationships between faculty and black students, including factors influencing faculty mentorship and the advising and counseling approaches utilized by faculty in mentoring black students

Black Excellence in Higher Education

Review highlights from our recent programs.

Click the links below:

Keynote Address by Dr. Richard Reddick


Community Panel


Higher Education Panel


Speech by Kelvin Beachum, Jr. 

Student Panel


The Hon. Tonya Parker ’98, judge of the 116th Civil District Court in Dallas County since 2004, was elected by her judicial colleagues to serve as presiding judge of the Dallas County Civil District Courts and is the immediate past president of the Texas Association of District Judges. A 1998 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and the recipient of numerous awards, she was recently elected to the American Law Institute, an organization made up of the country’s most distinguished jurists. Devoted to community service, she is a regular volunteer with IGNITE, a nonpartisan organization aimed at encouraging more high school and college girls and women to become involved in politics.

Upcoming Events


Cutting Edge Youth Summit


April 13, 2019

Southern Methodist University

SMU Cox School of Business

Crum Auditorium

Collins Executive Center

Dallas, Texas

Women of Color Symposium

Spring 2019

April 6, 2019

Southern Methodist University

Meadows School of the Arts

Dallas, Texas

College Prep Workshops &

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)


University of North Texas at 


Dallas, Texas

Second Sat. of each month