Black, Brown & College Bound: A Decade of Advocacy & Solutions for Black & Latino Males in Higher Education   

The Proposal Consists of: (1) Online Submission Form  (2) Bio for each presenter - 250 characters or less, (3) Abstract - 500 characters or less, (4) Summary of Presentation Objectives & Relation to Summit Tracks, (5) Outline of Presentation - including time allocations


Track 1.  Current and Future Challenges

Over the past decade, challenges for Black & Latino males have been defined and addressed through a variety of studies, practices and policies. These practices have created challenges that have prevented them from opportunities for the future.  This track includes:
1. Problems faced by undocumented students and focus on possible solutions
2. Strategies on how to increase the participation of Black and Latino males in the STEM careers 
3. Means to gain access to and use of digital tools both personally and professionally 

We encourage scholars, researchers, social scientists, community activists, journalists and authors who have focused on the aforementioned issues to present on this track.

Track 2.  Justice or Just Us

Over the past decade, inequities in the United States criminal justice system have resulted in significant overrepresentation of Black and Latinos in the prison industrial complex resulting in the current social justice movement (e.g. #blacklivesmatter #defineamerican). 
Future trends are described even more unfavorably for men of color. “If current trends continue, one of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino males—compared to one of every seventeen white males” (Report of the Sentencing Project to the U.N. Human Rights Committee Regarding Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System, 2013).  The results of these inequities include political disenfranchisement, absentee parents, poor economic prospects and more importantly the inability to enroll and complete college.

This track will focus on issues of race and ethnicity in the American Justice System.  It will address potential solutions from a variety of perspectives to include legal analysis, research, and case studies with the goal of enhancing the national conversation about social justice and the inequitable treatment of Black and Latino males. This track seeks law enforcement officials, criminal lawyers, legal scholars, experts & practitioners and community activists who can demonstrate strategies that offer cultural competencies needed to reduce high suspensions and expulsions in the K-12 system and college; ways to reduce factors that contribute to targeting and stereotyping that result in penalties that affect Black and Latino males in higher education and reduced behaviors that lead to increased incarceration.

Track 3.  Model Programs

In Student Engagement in Higher Education Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations, 2015 Harper & Quaye state, “Students who actively engaged in educationally purposeful activities and experiences inside and outside the classroom, are more likely than are their disengaged peers to persist through graduation” Model programs have been a vital part of supporting students in their academic goals and ensuring they successfully matriculate and graduate.     

This track will examine effective models that have emerged in the past decade that are designed to assist, empower, and motivate Black and Latino male students to achieve and increase their academic success.  This track seeks institutions and organizations that have established successful documented programs to include mentoring, scholarship, minority male programs and corporate and community partnerships.  Institutions are asked or encouraged to provide empirical data that attests to the efficacies of their respective programs relating to institutional access, persistence, retention and graduation.

Track 4. Positive Outcomes & Testimonials

Testimonials can be effective pedagogical tools that capture our attention and motivate us to achieve academic and professional aspirations. Individual stories of success can inspire current and future generations of students to persist toward attaining their goals.

This track seeks testimonials from individuals across the higher education continuum that will inspire Summit attendees to achieve their goals for postsecondary credentials despite the challenges or hurdles they experience.  Testimonials from previous BBCB attendees who have had true “real life experiences” or who have benefitted from special programs are strongly encouraged to submit.


Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent sessions offer the opportunity to present on a topic or program and discuss its relevance and applicability to colleagues and /or students.    The goal is to provide attendees with information and tools to improve their programs.  Attendees expect high quality presentations that can apply to their own work and be used to increase their effectiveness.  Each session will last 75 minutes and we ask presenters to reserve at least 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the session for audience questions.       

Roundtable Sessions:      
Roundtables are best suited for small group discussions and are informal sessions. In most cases, the discussion will be about a work in progress intended to advance, enhance, or share information about research. Roundtables are best suited for small group discussions. The presenter has 20-25 minutes to share material, then participants can move to another table. Presenters are expected to bring copies of their summaries and to remain available for discussion throughout the session. No audiovisual equipment is available.

Poster Sessions:
Poster sessions are designed for professionals to share the "in progress" research on topics related to a particular area i.e. Black and Latino males in higher education.  The session is an informal format that can be utilized to publicize your research. It combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. You may also supply hand-outs if you deem necessary.  Typically, a professional poster involves showing your work to industry professionals and researchers at a conference.  This can take place in one large room or even on a balcony. Then, as attendees walk by, your poster should quickly and efficiently communicate your research.  The attendees can become an interactive audience if you decide to give a 5-15 minute presentation.  

Evaluation Criteria
• Relevance of the presentation to the conference theme and selected track.
• Content that is current and practical, cutting edge or innovative as it relates to the theme of the conference.
• Programs and initiatives that demonstrate measurable impact and results in the field.
• Present exemplary programs or best practices that can be adopted or adapted by others.
• Objectives, which describe what participants will be able to do upon completion of the session, must be included.
• Clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session.
• Expertise of the presenter(s) in the field.

Proposal Deadline: October 30, 2015

Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Notification of status will be e-mailed to the lead presenter by November 19, 2015. The conference registration fee is required of all presenters who attend the conference. For assistance or questions, contact Barbara Cockfield (813) 253-7153

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