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NCORE Webinar Series

The MIS-Education of the Black Male Student-Athlete: How Socio-demographic (Self) Identifiers Influence Their Identity Development and Their Involvement in College  


Recorded February 24, 2021  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided

65 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar


Session Description:

Black male student-athletes represent 60 percent of the highest revenue-generating collegiate sports in the country, while only representing three percent of the student body. Though making significant impacts in their respective sports, they are still struggling to develop holistically, including in the areas of self-identity and involvement as they matriculate through college. Like Woodson's (1933), "The MIS-Education of the Negro," stated that Black people are culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American Schools. Society has potentially conditioned Black Male student-athletes to believe that athletics over anything else is the ticket to a better life. As professionals before we dismiss this population because they aren't matriculating at the pace or in the manner that we may desire, first understanding who they are, via socio-demographics would yield greater insight into the decision making, behavior, and perception of the Black Male Student-Athlete.

The purpose of this session is to educate and inform faculty and staff of potential factors that could have a significant influence on the identity development and involvement of the Black male student-athletes on college campuses. This presentation will better inform its audience on the Black male student-athlete population and empower them to create a community of support that encourages the holistic development and growth of this student population.


Dashan J. Axson-Lawrence

presenter Dashan J. Axson-Lawrence

Dashan J. Axson-Lawrence has been an academic coordinator at Virginia since March 2019. He comes to Charlottesville after serving as an assistant academic coordinator at Duke University.

While at Duke University, Axson-Lawrence supported at-risk student-athletes within the football team and several other Olympic sports. He assisted with the coordination and supervision of freshmen football study hall, hiring and training of Duke’s tutors and mentors and oversaw the athletic academic department’s various social media accounts.

Axson-Lawrence joined Duke’s Staff after working at the University of Georgia in several capacities where served as a residence hall director, advisor of several campus organizations and as a mentor and tutor with the Bulldog’s athletic department.

He also served as a high school track and field coach at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia. Axson-Lawrence graduated from South Carolina State University where he earned a degree in English and Psychology in 2012.

He earned a master’s degree in education with concentrations in professional counseling and student affairs from the West Georgia in 2014 and received a master’s degree in sports management and policy from the Georgia in 2018.

As an undergraduate, Axson-Lawrence was a member of the track and field program and was a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honoree all four years of his collegiate athletic career and served as vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. A native of Brooklyn, New York Axson-Lawrence is a member of SACSA, NASPA, N4A, and MOAA conferences and currently resides in Charlottesville, Va. Dashan is also a Doctoral Student in the Ed.D. Program Higher Education at the University of Virginia.