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College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities featuring the TigerLIFE program at the University of Memphis

by Carjamin Scott on July 25, 2018, at 8:05 p.m. CST

Students with intellectual disabilities are able to attend college. Since 2010, five colleges in Tennessee have offered inclusive post-secondary education opportunities for high school graduates interested in furthering their education.

According to the TN Inclusive Higher Education Alliance website, “students with intellectual disabilities attending a comprehensive training program (CTP), are able to use federal financial aid to help pay the cost of attendance.”

CTPs are degree, certificate, or non-degree programs for students with intellectual disabilities. All of TN’s programs are CTPs, but only one program, TigerLIFE at the University of Memphis, is a designated community rehabilitation provider (CRP).

CRPs focus on “practices that reflect individual integrated employment as a priority outcome,” as stated on the Think Works website.

TigerLife at the University of Memphis by Maurice “Moe” Williams

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Maurice “Moe” Williams, photo from University of Memphis website

TigerLIFE (Learning, Independence, Fostering Employment & Education) at the University of Memphis is “a 60-hour program culminating in a completion award in Career and Community Studies. Participation in the Tiger LIFE program provides students with an option for continuing their education beyond high school to increase employment opportunities,” as indicated on the TigerLIFE website.

As noted in the Daily Helmsman, “Moe Williams, associate director of the University of Memphis Institute on Disability and founder of the TigerLIFE program, developed the program as part of his Master’s thesis. Williams was working at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau as the director of education programs while working on his Master’s degree.”

“We (TigerLIFE) are unique because we are the only employment-based training institute in the state of TN,” stated Williams.

TigerLIFE also has these three unique features.

  1. TigerLIFE has the highest enrollment in the state, 75-100 students.
  2. The tuition at TigerLIFE is the least expensive in the state, $4,950.00 per semester.
  3. The TigerLIFE program is administered alongside the University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID), a team of disability researchers.

Williams mentioned, “We operate differently and work collaboratively with a behavioral staff who monitors our curriculum and the day to day activities of our students.”

The University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID)

The University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID) as stated on the website has “formed alliances with government, private, academic and legal entities to research and develop programs which encourage people with disabilities to pursue higher education toward graduation and employment.”

TigerLIFE collaborates with the UMID, particularly for behavioral intervention and program analysis. UMID sets the curriculum for students, assists with career readiness, and facilitates job placement.

Tennessee’s Inclusive Post-Secondary Institutions

All of TN’s inclusive programs have different features and benefits, such as on-campus housing, which TigerLIFE does not provide. Below is a list of the other inclusive post-secondary institutions in the Tennessee.

  • Next Steps at Vanderbilt University
  • FUTURE at University of TN Knoxville
  • IDEAL at Lipscomb University
  • EDGE at Union University

Additional Research on this Topic Pending

Carjamin is a candidate for the Doctorate in Education emphasizing Learning Organizations and Strategic Change. Her anticipated graduation date is December 2018.

To culminate her degree, she will co-author the capstone group project titled Parents’ Perceptions of TN Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities.

The issue the research will present is the parent’s perception of the impact of IPSE programs for their student with ID in the state of TN. This research is intended to help with undertaking continued analyses and assist our client, Dr. Erik Carter of Vanderbilt University and the TN Inclusive Higher Education Alliance with determining what success means for parents with children enrolled in IPSE programs.

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Brittany L. Mosby, Inaugural Director of HBCU Success, Discusses Mental Self Care

by Carjamin Scott on July 30, 2018, at 7:32 p.m. CST

Brittany L. Mosby is the inaugural director of HBCU success at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Mosby, an HBCU graduate, completed two mathematics degrees. A B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and an M.S in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she is a Doctor of Education student at Vanderbilt University studying Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

Prior to working for THEC, Mosby spent 7 years as an associate professor, teaching Mathematics and Statistics at Pellissippi State Community College.

“I loved teaching students, and felt that my education and teaching career had prepared me for strategic data positions,” said Mosby.

Rejection and Discouragement

Mosby began applying for jobs in her skillset and received rejection letters from them.

“I was discouraged after that because I spent a considerable amount of time completing job applications and got no feedback, only rejection letters,” she said.

A friend at THEC told her to apply for the director of HBCU success position. She mentioned, “I was tired of applying for stuff and not getting it, so I didn’t apply initially.” Eventually, Mosby applied and several months went by. She expected that she did not get the position.

In addition to dealing with the issue of rejection after applying for jobs, Mosby was experiencing the stress associated with working while enrolled in school and battling a relationship.

Mosby recalled, “I had a toxic friendship I was battling, I still hadn’t heard anything from THEC, and school was becoming more demanding.”

“You know, sometimes, being a college student can bring out issues of self-worth. I found myself asking questions like, Am I worthy? Am I supposed to be here? Do I belong here?”

“You know, sometimes, being a college student can bring out issues of self-worth. I found myself asking questions like, Am I worthy? Am I supposed to be here? Do I belong here?” she explained.

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Self-Care and Therapy

Her therapist empowered her to make decisions that were the best for her in ways that friends, classmates, and family could not have. Her therapist said, “Brittany, your ego is resilient, you are still going to work and school. You are whole, you are living a fulfilled life.”

When she was least expecting it, she received a phone call notifying her that she was selected for the director of HBCU student success position. “I had applied for that job in June and didn’t hear back until October,” she said.

“There is value in divine timing and things aligning in life, particularly things that you do not expect to happen.”

Considering everything, Mosby says it felt like, “Jonah and the Whale.” God gave her another chance and she took it. “There is value in divine timing and things aligning in life, particularly things that you do not expect to happen.”

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Message about Success 

She is excited to see what will happen at TN HBCUs. Her focus is on student success, completion, and retention.

“It’s not basketball, it’s not Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, that’s not common. We can’t teach our kids to wait for a one in a million chance. They need to be proactively engaged in their future. They need to go to college, get degrees, and find employment. It is all connected.”

What else is connected to success? Education, physical health, and mental health.

What else is connected to success? Education, physical health, and mental health. Mosby believes that mental self-care is necessary to get the most out of your college education, your career trajectory, and your relationships.

“My therapist is one of the most important relationships in my life,” she mentioned.

Mosby further explained, “People need to understand that the goal of therapy is to have you functioning at optimal capacity. In popular culture, it’s portrayed that therapy is only about assigning blame and looking backward – but that is not the case.”

Brittany L. Mosby’s Quotes on Therapy

“Therapy is a self-care indulgence.”

“Blood pressure checks are as important as mental illness and anxiety.”

“As a community, we measure blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. We need to tackle measuring and assessing our mental health.”

“Good Christians pray to God to take care of their mental health AND they go see a therapist. Faith without work is dead.”

Key Takeaways

The issue of mental health and self-care awareness is real. According to a Vanderbilt-led study, the risk of suicide for teens aged 15-17 has increased, particularly during the month of October. The study was conducted from 2008-2015 at children’s hospitals across America. Other studies indicate, aside from alcohol-related deaths, suicide is the number one cause of death for college students.

aside from alcohol-related deaths, suicide is the number one cause of death for college students.

Major life changes, strained relationships, dealing with issues from the past, feelings of isolation, and using substances to cope are all great reasons to see a therapist. Research indicates that therapy helps to manage health conditions and is worth attending even without a medical problem.

The common misconception that a therapist is simply trying to figure out what is wrong with you is just not true. If you have not seen a therapist, it’s time that you invest in one. Mental health is as important as physical health. Everyone can benefit from talking to a therapist. Mental health is an integral part of our overall health and well being.

Other Articles of Interest

Setting the Agenda for Tennessee’s HBCUs

Meet Tennessee’s New Director of Student Success

Mental Health in Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions of Students

New York, Virginia become the first to require mental health education in schools

11 Very Good Reasons to Go to Therapy

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Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, the First Black Female President of Nashville State Community College, Discusses her Pathway to the Presidency.

by Carjamin Scott on July 15, 2018, at 10:30 p.m. CST

Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, the first black female president of Nashville State Community College, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Black Women’s Empowerment Brunch hosted by the Equity Alliance.

Dr. Jackson is the product of two college-educated parents. Her mother instilled the importance of believing in God, and her father was the first in his family to graduate from college. Dr. Jackson mentioned that her father’s education was his gateway out of poverty. Her parents encouraged her to set big goals and never let gender or skin color stop her from reaching her dreams.

“At 5 years old, I told my parents that I want to become the first female President of the United States,” said Dr. Jackson.

Her education career began as an instructor at South College, this was the first time she experienced students that were not from two-parent households, students who were the first in their family to attend college, students who did not have a support system that encouraged them to attend school, students who had issues outside of school such as childcare needs, and students who grew up in a home where attending college was not expected.

“This is when I learned the difference between equality and equity. I was “woke,” I realized that my instructor job was not about me. I had a purpose to serve,” she said.

Dr. Jackson explained, “Education is the key to both economic and political empowerment. Education does not just prepare you for a job, it changes families.”

Dr. Jackson explained, “Education is the key to both economic and political empowerment. Education does not just prepare you for a job, it changes families.”

This experience changed Dr. Jackson’s childhood goal and the path to the presidency of a community college began.

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Dr. Shanna Jackson, Keynote Speaker, and NSCC President

Pathway to Presidency

Here are the steps Dr. Jackson took to become the first Black female president of Nashville State Community College.

First, she found a mentor, then she found a sponsor.

Dr. Jackson sought college leaders out, told them what she wanted to do, and asked them for feedback on how she can reach her goal. She learned the difference between mentors and sponsors.

“Mentors are great, but sponsors are better. Sponsors have the power to make things happen on your behalf,” explained Dr. Jackson.

She discussed the importance of creating relationships and surrounding yourself with people who are critical, open, and honest with you about your strengths and your shortcomings.

She printed community college president job descriptions.

She printed out community college president job descriptions to determine the strengths she had and the gaps she needed to fill before she could serve in the position. She began to apply and was interviewed for a position.

She persevered through adversity.

She was turned down for a college president position that a mentor told her to apply for. After the interview, she met with the mentor, they discussed what she needed to work on, and it helped her to prepare for her next interview opportunity.

She researched current community college presidents to learn their similarities.

She researched current community college presidents to learn their career background, education, and impact at the colleges they lead. She wrote down her strengths and what she needed to learn to become a community college president. “I created a plan to fill the gaps because I realized that I had a calling to fulfill,” she stated.

She furthered her education.

She enrolled at Tennessee State University and earned a Doctorate in Education degree while working and raising kids. Her husband supported her goals and she was able to complete the degree in three years.

She bloomed where she was planted.

After reaching a career ceiling, she began talking to the College President she worked for at the time, about how she wanted to move the college forward. Soon, a new position was created, she applied and interviewed. Then, she became the Executive Assistant to the President. Dr. Jackson explained, “This was a critical turning point in my career because it provided the breadth and depth I needed to reach my goal.”

On June 1, 2018, eleven years after earning her doctorate degree and after serving in other administrative positions, she became the first black female president of Nashville State Community College. Her next goal is to close the equity gap particularly for students of color.

She addressed the crowd, “What are your hopes and dreams?”

“We have a responsibility to make a difference” “Own your power, the time is now.”

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