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Wingate signs agreement with JCSU to bolster diversity in MASM program

by Chuck Gordon

Wingate University’s sport management master’s program has entered into an agreement to give priority consideration to students from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

Each year, the University’s Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM) program will give priority admission, and reserve enrollment spots, for up to five Smith students. Smith students must possess a grade-point average of at least 2.8 and meet other applicable admissions standards to be considered. JCSU is a historically black university (HBCU) in Charlotte.

The agreement is more than just a way to draw more students to the MASM program, according to Dr. Dawn Norwood, assistant dean of the School of Sport Sciences and director of the program.

“Aside from helping to increase our graduate enrollment, the HBCU Connect program is a demonstration of intentional and deliberate efforts to recruit graduate students from diverse backgrounds,” she says.

Norwood added that the agreement dovetails well with recent efforts by the University to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus, including the opening of the Unity House multicultural center and the establishment of a DEI Council.

Norwood received her master’s degree from Grambling State University and understands the need for mentoring among students from HBCUs. She is trying to expand the program to include more HBCUs and is close to signing an agreement with Winston-Salem State University.

“I have always considered myself to be a voice and advocate for people who find themselves on the margins of society,” she says. “Students who attend HBCUs are oftentimes first generation. Having graduated from and worked at an HBCU for several years, I know firsthand how strong mentoring and opportunities can be game-changers in the lives of young people who are part of the global majority. I’m in a position, with the support of Wingate administration, to provide this to students from HBCUs, so it really seemed like a win/win situation.”

In addition to priority consideration, Wingate will also give each qualifying Smith student a $1,000 tuition incentive, spread over two semesters.

Wingate has signed similar articulation agreements in other disciplines, most notably one with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), in which VCOM gives Wingate students priority consideration for admission.

Learn more about Wingate’s entirely online Master of Arts in Sport Management program.

Dec. 4, 2020