Nikkita Jackson


Help Them Grow or Watch Them Fail: Strategies for Student Persistence on HBCU Campuses


Research has shown that retention and persistence are heavily affecting colleges and universities worldwide. While retaining students is crucial for the progress and sustainability of any education institution, it also supports and decreases deficits in the workforce. In this presentation we will explore progressive strategies and best practices tailored to support the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) environment. We will look at the importance of a fostering supportive campus environment, academic support systems, and ways to promote student engagement both outside and inside the classroom. Whether you’re a student leader, campus advocate, faculty or staff member, or an administrator, this presentation will support you with practical and innovative strategies to help HBCUs strengthen their retention efforts to ensure the continued success of their students.


Nikkita Jackson is an Assistant Professor and Social Work Field Director at Central State University. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky. Her capstone project investigates student retention at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She received her master’s in social work at Wright State University/Miami University and a bachelor’s degree in social work at Central State University. Nikkita is a licensed independent social worker in the state of Ohio with over 16 years of experience in many facets pertaining to social work.

Nikkita has worked in many settings, using her social work skill set in areas such as community mental health, family supportive services, foster care & independent living, home-based therapy, child protective services, home health services, crisis intervention, medical social work, and working with at-risk populations. Her research interests include childhood, youth, and family, mental health, student retention, health, food deserts, culturally responsive teaching, and social care.