HAMPTON, Va. (May 11, 2020) – Ms. Barbara Banks will now be known as Dr. Barbara Banks, as the Hampton University graduate student completes her Ph.D. in Educational Management for Higher Education. Originally from Newport News, Va., Banks has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling from ODU and a master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. In addition, Banks has an Instructional Designer Certification, an Online Teaching Certification, two Quality Matters Certifications, and she is a Certified Blackboard Trainer.
Banks currently serves as the Director of Enrollment Management of Hampton U Online at Hampton University. “I service HU online, workforce development, continuing ed, professional studies and enrollment management for the University College. I’ve worked with curriculum, online classes, registrar-related functions, course development, basically anything to ensure the students are enrolled correctly,” Banks said.
Even though Banks attended two predominantly white institutions, she wanted to get that ‘HBCU experience.’
“Since I had attended those other schools, I never got the feel for an HBCU and I wanted to have that experience. I was on a tuition scholarship at ODU and Liberty was convenient, but there were things about myself and my background that I wanted to see about that I know would help me navigate the world a little better,” Banks said. “Hampton is prestigious. It has the reputation of being one of the best HBCUs, period. I wanted to show myself that I can be successful in any environment, because each of the three institutions I attended were so different. When you think of Hampton, you think of high-level, quality education. That final experience at Hampton finally proved the point to myself that I can be successful in any environment.”
Banks is also very busy outside of her school and work. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, and she has her own nonprofit, called Bridging Education and Excellence (BEE).
“I work with underprivileged youth on a holistic level. I teach social skills, tutor them, even teach them how to cook. There are even HU students who volunteer and talk to the youth about what will happen when you enter into college, about student survival, things like that. We also do an annual back to school event, where we offer free haircuts, hairstyles and school supplies to students,” Banks said.
Plans for Dr. Banks’ future: “I would love to be a university president someday or have my own charter school that teaches students to their skill sets, not necessarily state standards.”
Advice for future Ph.D. students: “Most of the people going through Ph.D. programs are leaders within their own rights. A big part of being a leader is understanding when to follow. You’re head strong, you’re a leader. You’re used to operating in that zone, and now you have to be teachable. So, be teachable.”
Anything else you would like to add? “I’m so thankful. I’m thankful for the women I’m able to work with like Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall and Dr. Kim Luckes. They have helped me develop as a student and as a professional. I’m thankful to my professors who pushed me and made me be the best self that I could be.”
For information about Dr. Banks’ nonprofit, BEE, visit @BeesHive.org on Facebook or @our_beehive on Instagram or the website, https://www.beeshive.org/