Dr. Dariel “DT” Henry was among a prominent group of participants of the NACADA Annual Conference that welcomed higher education professionals from around the globe. The national conference, which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, September 30 – October 3, was titled, “Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising.” NACADA is known as the Global Community for Academic Advising.
Dr. Henry is Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts. The TRIO Student Support Services Program’s mission is to continuously improve the quality and efficiency of services provided in order to maximize the opportunities of eligible students. Programs help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. Dr. Henry is also a professor of criminal justice, organizational behavior, and sociology.
DT has served numerous administrative roles in higher education, including academic advising, residential life, student activities, student support services, technology, and instruction. Prior to joining Massasoit, Dr. Henry was an academic advisor at Dean College where, in 2015, he implemented strategies that increased retention of football student athletes by 50%. He earned his doctoral degree at Johnson and Wales University in Educational Leadership in 2016, and his dissertation topic was titled Effective Strategies for Recruiting African American Males into Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs. His research interests include recruiting male educators, inclusion, cultural proficiency and relativism, social justice, and mass incarceration.
“There are numerous departments that help students get to college, however academic advisors are essential in helping students get through college,” said Dr. Henry.
Dr. Henry is a frequent speaker and presenter at numerous higher educational programs and conferences. In addition to presenting at NACADA, DT served as the closing keynote for the NACADA regional conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2017, Dr. Henry presented at the NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Gap Conference in Washington, DC, and the Stonehill College 8th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference. In 2016, he presented for Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Beacon Charter School High School for the Arts.