Cohen Lecture 2015-16




OCTOBER 18, 2016
@ 7:00 pm
Dr. Akilah R. Carter-Francique

Dr. Akilah R. Carter-Francique is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Prairie View A&M University. Her most current research focuses on African-American girls and women in sport and physical activity in terms of access and opportunity, mentoring, as well as mediated images and narratives.

As a former collegiate athlete in track and field from the University of Houston, where she received her bachelor's degrees in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and Psychology, her practical experiences include, intercollegiate athletic experience, counseling and coaching at the K-12 education levels, and seven years as a facility and special event administrator in colligate campus recreation.

Carter-Francique's has researched racial (e.g., Blacks, Hispanics, Asians) and gendered minorities in sport, health, and education in the American context with specific emphasis on Black girls and women. She also co-founded (with Deniece Dortch) and directs Sista to SistaTM (, a co-curricular leadership development program designed to foster sense of connectedness amongst Black female collegiate athletes on predominantly white institutions of higher educational campuses.

Check back later in September for more information about the focus of her talk.


About the Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture Series

This lecture series is provided to Western Illinois University through an endowment from Cheryl J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus.  The lecture series is the first endowed lecture series for the College of Education and Human Services and the Kinesiology Department.  It is scheduled to occur every fall and kicked off its inaugural year in 2008.  The focus of the annual Cohen Lecture alternates between exercise physiology and sport psychology.



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