Holmes Program

The AACTE Holmes Program supports students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. Founded in 1991 for doctoral students, the Holmes Program now provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities at three levels:

  • The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program supports doctoral and post-doctoral students. Learn more
  • The AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports master’s students at current Holmes institutions. Learn more

Boston University is piloting a Holmes Postdoctoral Program in Education and Human Development in which postdoctoral fellows engage in a 2-year research and residency program.

Learn more about the education-related careers and pathways pursued by Holmes students.

Participation in the Holmes Program is open to all AACTE member institutions; AACTE charges no additional fee to enroll. Sponsoring institutions are responsible for supporting their Holmes students according to the participation requirements. Nearly 40 institutions currently participate in the Holmes Program.

Learn more about the history and governance of the AACTE Holmes Program.


Program Benefits

Benefits for Sponsoring Institutions

  • Participation in the AACTE Holmes Program is an effective tool for recruiting new students of color.
  • Participation in the program enhances students’ retention and graduation rates by providing a support network of peers and unique opportunities for professional experiences.
  • Participation in the program demonstrates and enhances the institution’s role as a leader in supporting diversity in the PK-20 education workforce.
  • Institutions receive free distribution of faculty search announcements in the Scholars Report monthly e-newsletter.
  • Sponsoring institutions are recognized in AACTE materials.

Benefits for Students

  • Membership in a national network of peers with access to dedicated online social networks.
  • Mentoring opportunities by Holmes Program alumni currently in academia and other leadership positions.
  • Opportunities to present research at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • Dedicated mentoring programs at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • Annual Holmes Summer Policy Institute in Washington, DC, including participation in AACTE’s Day on the Hill and networking events associated with the AACTE State Leaders Institute.
  • Annual Holmes Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium hosted by a Holmes Program institution.
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities at the national level, such as participation in conference presentations and policy/advocacy training.

Staff Contact: Weadé James

AACTE is excited to announce another free professional development series for its Holmes Scholars this summer. This series will incorporate and build on skills covered at this year’s Holmes Preconference to serve both those scholars who were unable to join their peers at the preconference while also expanding on the professional development themes of navigating the job market and writing skills.

AACTE invites all Holmes Scholars to review and register for the following sessions:

Session 1: Navigating the Job Market

  • June 22, 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Register in advance.
  • This presentation will provide scholars with skills for building your brand as you navigate the job market and will differentiate tips for domestic and international students.
  • Presenter: Diandra J. Prescod, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Counselor Education, University of Connecticut

Session 2: Elevator Pitches

  • Date: July 20, 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Register in advance.
  • This presentation will provide scholars with skills for crafting formal and informal elevator pitches as they navigate the job market and beyond
  • Presenters: Nicole Dunn, MBA, AACTE’s Assistant Director of Equity and Strategic Initiatives; and Diandra J. Prescod, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Counselor Education, University of Connecticut

Session 3: Transforming your Presentation into a Publication

  • Date: August 22, 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Register in advance.
  • This presentation will discuss tips and considerations for turning conference presentations into publications.
  • Presenter: Autumn L. Campbell, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, CC, CCTP, Assistant Professor of Counseling, DePaul University

See what Holmes participants and alumni say about the program

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