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Pathway to Graduate School

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Pathway to Graduate School is a virtual panel discussion aimed at supporting students who have an interest in pursuing graduate school but may be unfamiliar with the benefits of attending and the process of applying.

Outstanding mentors will address key topics related to graduate school, provide advice, and answer questions from audience members. These inspirational speakers will also share their success stories and discuss the influence of intersectional identities and how they overcame challenges in their journey through graduate school.

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Archive of Panelists

Fall 2020

Panelist Dr. Sherri BennDr. Sherri Benn

Dr. Sherri Benn currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence for Student Initiatives for Texas State University and has oversight for student diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, inclusive of all college and pre-college Trio programs. Additionally, she teaches social justice in higher education and multicultural practices in the student affairs in higher education master’s program.

Dr. Benn is a native of Oklahoma and moved to Texas to attend college. As a proud Bobcat, she received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Education from Texas State and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Benn has served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Interim Director of Residence Life, Assistant Dean of Students, Texas State University Student Ombudsperson, Coordinator of Student Justice, and the university’s 504 ADA Coordinator. During her tenure at Texas State, she has had supervisory responsibilities for Disability Services, Student Health Services, Attorney for Students, the university mentoring program, and the Round Rock Student Affairs unit. Dr. Benn has lead, coordinated, and participated in many student life and university programs while at Texas State, including advising numerous student groups such as Student Government, Interruptions Anti-racism Peer Educators, Hip Hop Congress, Student Foundation, Black President’s Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Golden Key National Honor’s Society, Bobcat Fanatics, and many others.

Dr. Benn serves as the university’s 2020 Elections Task Force Chair and Co-chair for the Council on Inclusive Excellence. She has served on numerous state, community, and university committees and boards. She is currently the Chair of the Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Dr. Benn loves to bike, read, and travel and is a diehard Trekkie.

Panelist Dr. Laurie Fluker

Dr. Laurie Fluker

Dr. Laurie Fluker Laurie Fluker is the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and an Associate Professor of the SJMC. Her dissertation – earned in the Radio, Television, Film Department – was titled: NBC Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement: 1955-1965. She annually serves as a national official for Honda All-Star Challenge University Competition and also serves on the State Board of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education. Dr. Fluker has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, such as the "Everett Sweeney Award for Excellence in Teaching" (2006) and the "Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award" (2006).

Panelist Qy'Darrius McEachern

Qy'Darrius McEachern

Qy'Darrius McEachern is a current master’s student in the student affairs in higher education program and the coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life within the Dean of Students. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North carolina at Chapel Hill earning his BA in psychology with minors in social & economic justice and education. Qy'Darrius is currently conducting research around racial microaggressions toward Black students in fraternity and sorority life communities and commits his free time to working as a diversity, equity, and inclusion speaker and facilitator.


Panelist Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick

Moderator: Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick

Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick is a coordinator for Black student programming who collaborates with Black student organizations and other departments across the university to enhance the experience of Black students at Texas State University through co-curricular programs.

After having spent 20 years in K-12 education and being a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Fitzpatrick understands the importance of providing support to students that extends beyond the classroom and how it can make all the difference in student success. Dr. Fitzpatrick lives in Kyle, Texas, with her husband, two sons, and four dogs.

This event is a new initiative organized by The Graduate College and co-sponsored by Institutional Inclusive Excellence, in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office - Fraternity and Sorority Life and the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

  Texas State is a tobacco-free campus.