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UNCF's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) invites Black HBCU alumni to participate in the research study, "The HBCU Experience: An Exploration of Peer Networks and Workforce Outcomes for HBCU Alumni." This study explores peer networks at HBCUs and the relationship to workforce outcomes for HBCU alumni. There are not any known risks for your participation in the online survey and interview. Although the information collected may not benefit you directly, it may be helpful to others.

The information collected in the survey will be disseminated to the public and will be used to illuminate the higher education field’s understanding of how socialization may affect workforce outcomes and experiences for Black students at HBCUs. The information will also be used to assist HBCUs and other higher education institutions with developing their professional support practices. Following this survey, you may be contacted to participate in a more extensive interview, which will last approximately 1-2 hours and will be audio-recorded for later analysis. 

Individuals from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Advarra IRB may inspect these records. In all other respects, however, the data will be held in confidence to the extent permitted by law. Should the data be published, your identity will not be disclosed.

Taking part in the study is voluntary. By completing this survey and interview (if selected), you agree to take part in this project. You do not have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable. You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to participate, you may stop taking part in the study at any time. If you decide not to participate or if you stop taking part at any time, you will not lose any benefits for which you may qualify. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research study, please contact Dr. LaToya Owens, Director, FDPRI at The principal investigator for this study is Dr. Nadrea Njoku.

If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, you may contact Advarra IRB by phone at  877-992-4724 or email at You may also contact them by mail at:  Study Subject Adviser, Advarra IRB, 6940 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 110, Columbia, MD 21046. You can discuss any questions about your rights as a research subject in private with a member of the IRB. You may also call this number if you have other questions about the research, and you cannot reach the research staff, or wish to speak with someone else. 

By navigating to the next page, you agree to participate in this study and agree to the following: 

I understand that I am being asked to participate in one survey where I will discuss my experiences with peer networks at HBCUs related to workforce outcomes. 

I understand that my participation in any and all parts of this study is voluntary and I can decide not to participate at any time. 
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