SHU PhD in Educational Leadership Studies is accepted into the Holmes Scholars Program

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut—Sacred Heart University Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership (Ed.D.) program has been accepted into the Holmes Fellowship Program. A component of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Holmes Program supports students of diverse races or ethnicities enrolled in doctoral studies in education.

ACTE was founded in 1943 and is a leading voice for the preparation of educators. The organization represents more than 600 post-secondary institutions dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based teaching that ensures educators are prepared to teach all types of learners. ACTE’s mission is to elevate education through research, professional practice, advocacy, and collaboration.

The Holmes Scholars Program has been around since 1991, when it was started by the Holmes Group, later called the Holmes Partnership, a consortium of universities working to address the underrepresentation of minorities among American educators. When the Holmes Partnership disbanded in 2010, AACTE took over the program to continue providing peer support, mentorship and professional development opportunities to minorities.

“By participating in the Holmes Scholars program, we extend diversity, equity and inclusion work that has intensified with our color affinity group PhD students in 2021,” said David Title, Ed.D. of SHU. program director. “Two students of color will receive their Ed.D. in May, and we are delighted that our future doctoral students have access to the networking, mentoring and professional learning that the Holmes Scholars program offers.

“Students will forge professional relationships with colleagues and other professionals of color that will last a lifetime,” Title said. “We are honored that the Holmes Scholars program has recognized the quality of our doctoral program, and we are delighted to join us.”

Michael Alfanodean of Farrington College of Education and Human Development, sees membership as another step towards progress. “The fact that our Ed.D. has been accepted into the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s prestigious Holmes Scholars program is another indicator of the overall quality of our program and its commitment to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” he said.


About Sacred Heart University

As the second largest independent Catholic university in New England and one of the fastest growing in the United States, Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs at its campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. Over 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, media and arts; social work; computer science and engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Dr. Susan L. Davis, RN, & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent College. The Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions because it was created and run by lay people. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward-thinking thinkers who embrace change – in their own lives, professions and communities. . The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Top 387 Colleges – 2022 Edition“Best Northeast” and Best Business Schools – 2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station WSHU, a Division I athletics program, and an impressive performing arts program that includes a choir, orchestra, dance, and theater.

Janice G. Ball