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clusterluck

This documentary short highlights the experiences of a group of Black faculty within a department at a historically white institution. This short film unpacks what community means and what it looks like for Black scholars to have supportive communities within their departments at their institutions. 

created and produced by candace n. hall

directed by cami thomas

production team my friends and i

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The next public screening of clusterluck will be on Sunday, Nov 19 at 1:15pm

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Theater 10, during the 32nd Annual St. Louis International Film Festival.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Clusterluck:
A Spark of Black Joy in the Academy

 By Jon Edelman

Mar 26, 2023—Clusterluck, a documentary short produced by Dr. Candace N. Hall, graduate program director and assistant professor for the higher education and student affairs program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), begins on a sobering note. White text on a black background tells us that African Americans make up only 5.4% of the full-time faculty in post-secondary education. As an unsettling synth beat plays, a quote from a recent study fades in: “Many institutions have recruited underrepresented scholars to join their faculty without attention to retaining and supporting the new recruits.”

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SIUE’s Candace Hall’s Award-Winning Documentary Short Shines Light on Successful Hiring Initiative

 By Patricia Merritt // read story

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February 2, 2023, Edwardsville, IL—Screening + Panel presentation held at Dunham Theatre on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus. From left to right: Natasha Flowers, PhD, Assistant Dean for Anti-racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior; Robin Hughes, PhD, Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior; Joy Gaston-Gayles, PhD, Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor and Senior Advisor for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, North Carolina State University; Denise Cobb, PhD, Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Daniel Mahony, PhD, President, Southern Illinois University System; Candace N. Hall, Executive Producer and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership.

‘Clusterluck’ film chronicles Black academics’ cluster hiring experiences at SIUE

By Miya Norfleet, Elaine Cha // read & listen 

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recap | edwardsville, il

February 2, 2023, Edwardsville, IL—Screening + Panel presentation held at Dunham Theatre on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

recap | las vegas, nv

November 16, 2022, Las Vegas, NV—Highlights of the first screening in Las Vegas, NV, during the 2022 Association of the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) convening. 

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