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“Every mind is a clutter of memories and images. Whether in a ghetto or a sanctuary, I am free to think and dream as I want.” ― Margo Jefferson

Chiquita D. Howard-Bostic, Ph.D.

Dr. Chiquita D. Howard-Bostic, founder of Help Bridge (HB), is chair of the Department of Sociology and Geography, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, and the Sociology/Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. She is also a grant writer and a community mentor. READ MORE about "HER STORY" and career initiatives. DOWNLOAD Dr. Howard-Bostic's FULL Curriculum Vitae in PDF format.

EDUCATION and Employment

Dr. Howard-Bostic received her Ph.D. in Sociology, teaching certificate in Women’s Studies, and a Race and Social Policy research certification at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is also an Integrative Wellness Academy (IWA) certified life coach. Dr. Howard-Bostic is also a former college director of institutional assessment and has served as an executive director of housing and human services in Buffalo, New York.

Teaching

Dr. Howard-Bostic teaches online and face-to-face courses in the academic disciplines of sociology, criminal justice studies, psychology, and communications. She has taught over 15 different academic courses. She promotes teaching methods that center learning. Howard-Bostic also inspires students to advance their professional skills and to obtain employment in the areas of criminal justice and social work.

Training

In the spring of 2017, Howard-Bostic attended Integrative Wellness Academy (IWA), a life coaching academy. She received an Integrative Wellness and Life Coaching certificate in May. IWA training included modalities such as health, wellness, nutrition, business, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mental Emotional Release (MER) therapy,and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In August of 2017, the Help Bridge Empowerment Project received copyright protection through the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Howard-Bostic began her journey as an integrated wellness life coach in June of 2017. The first class of high school students completed the Help Bridge (HP) Empowerment Program in October of 2017.

Professional Presentations

In September of 2017, Dr. Howard-Bostic launched her most recent findings in a study on opioid abuse in Appalachia. She addressed the high rates of prescription drug use and minimal access to intervention services. In March of 2015, Howard-Bostic presented her ongoing work on domestic violence entitled, "An Intervention Model for Proactive Female-Perpetrators of Domestic Violence." She presented this ground-breaking research at the 52nd annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in support of female perpetrators of intimate partner violence. In December of 2014, she presented, "Transformational Leadership and Contest Evasion: A Feminist Perspective on Power and Success" at the Women's Leadership Symposium at Oxford University. The conversation was motivational and empowering for female leaders. Dr. Howard-Bostic has presented research at Harvard University, two international forums at Oxford University, and at other prestigious forums around the US and abroad. She also received a grant from Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS) in support of her international research. Dr. Howard-Bostic’s research has advanced the study of online teaching pedagogy, cross-cultural motivations for aggression, and emotive-based treatment for perpetrators and victims of mutually performed domestic violence.

Publications

Howard-Bostic has published several manuscripts including a book chapter titled, "Aggression and Violence in Teen Girls," in Black Girls and Adolescents: Facing Life Challenges." Another article, "Is Mutual Violent Combat (MVC) A Gender-Neutral Conceptualization of Intimate Partner Violence?" was published in Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences. She also published "Women's Emotive Responses and Female-Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence" in the Journal of International Criminal Justice Research. Her manuscript "A Hybrid Learner-Centered Pedagogy", was published in April of 2015 in the Journal of the East Coast Colleges Social Science Association. In addition, Howard-Bostic co-published The Handbook of General Sociology in the fall of 2015.

Service

Dr. Howard-Bostic facilitates university service learning projects, community-based youth programs, and international learning initiatives. For fifteen years, she has generated social change as a university administrator and a community developer. She has participated in international projects in Cuba, Jamaica, and Vancouver. She has been a phenomenal mentor and troop leader of brownie scouts for three years. She also mentored youth on a two-week international, historical voyage down the coast of Canada as a volunteer for People to People, Inc. She has accompanied children in local tree plantings, supported food drives for animal shelters, and participated in recycling projects. She also serves as a role model to her students. Students accompany Howard-Bostic with service learning projects at Immanuel's House Soup Kitchen, Berkeley County Back Pack Program, and other local organizations. She is also the first recipient of the Storer College Faculty Award, which honors Shepherd University faculty for incorporating diversity and social justice in their classes. At Shepherd, she also serves on the Student Success Committee, Assessment Task Force, University Tree Planting (environmental) Committee, and the Women's Studies Board. She is also the internship coordinator of Sociology and Criminal Justice for the Department of Sociology and Geography.