Turning The Page: Transforming The African American and Latino Male Experiences 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. Transforming the Latino Experience

The Latino population is currently one of the fastest growing groups in the United States. Latinos comprise approximately 17% of the nation’s population and are the second largest race/ethnic group after non–Hispanic Whites. Stereotypes that have factually misrepresented and distorted history have created a negative view of the Latino male.

The successful Track One proposal will address issues and offer pragmatic solutions, supported by empirical data.  Participants, students and practitioners alike, will gain an extensive understanding of the Latino male experience and develop knowledge, skills, and tools needed to help Latino males achieve success.

Finally, this track will explore in detail the causes that affect the success of Latino males by reviewing research findings that highlight immigration, the judicial system, socioeconomic status, family/cultural orientation, and political obstacles to the transition into American society. 
Track 2. Transforming the Black Experience

Powerful societal forces, such as low socio-economic status, institutional racism, and perpetuated negative stereotypes, consistently threaten the postsecondary educational aspirations of Black males or men of color. The results of these forces are low college enrollment, graduation, and degree attainment rates for this population.  Further impacting Black college students is the loss of cultural memory in shaping the black male identity.

Current socialization and assimilation processes prevalent in education and society are of major concern. There exists the perception that Black ethnicity and culture are somehow inferior to others. This flawed perception leaves black male students conflicted regarding their identity and has serious future implications for their lack of achievement and academic success.

This track will address the aforementioned challenges for Black male college students with support from empirical evidence. The Committee welcomes perspectives from identity and culture with specific references to masculinity and family.  Attendees will learn pragmatic solutions for improving the black male collegiate experience.
Track 3. Transforming Academic Engagement for Faculty, Staff and Students

For more Black and Latino males to “turn the page” and transform to men with professional careers - also focusing on careers in the STEM field- they must increase their opportunities to successfully complete higher education. In fact, many of them need unique types of academic and personal support to excel academically. Empirical data and research, which includes best practices, corroborate the fact that institutional student support improves the academic success rates of Black and Latino males.

This track is designed to address the distinctive challenges these students face enrolling in and completing college. Educational professionals, practitioners, and researchers are strongly encouraged to submit proposals sharing information in the area of Black and Latino male academic achievement. The successful proposal will address the issue using data, model programs, best practices, and theoretical perspectives; participants will learn about the strategies institutions used to provide supportive services, community outreach, and leadership activities to engage students to continue and complete their academic progression.
Track 4. Transforming Social and Civil Engagement

Many institutions of higher education include in their mission the goal of student success. As evidence of a paradigm shift, institutions measure success not only by academic standards but also by new benchmarks for social and civic engagement. Civic engagement “means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and nonpolitical processes” (Ehrlich, 2000). “Social Engagement [is] the ability to work constructively within and between social groups to create more resilient and sustainable communities” (Millican, 2007). In many cases, African American and Latino male participation in social and civic engagement has suffered from long term social, civic, and economic exclusion.

This track will examine the history of social and civic engagement in the United States and how institutions of higher education can cultivate the relevance of social and civic engagement for African American and Latino males. The track will draw particular attention to methods of encouraging this population to develop the democratic empowerment and global leadership necessary for full participation in and benefits of our society. The track will also explore the political and non-political issues relevant to social and civic engagement. 
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.
Relevance to summit theme and suitability of topic. 
Clarity of stated purpose and objectives·        
New information about the topic or innovative/cutting edge thinking or practices.
Adherence to allotted time frame/audience participation.
Expertise of the presenter(s) in the subject matter.
Use of audiovisuals and handouts. 
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Proposals received after the deadline will not be con­sidered. Notification of status will be emailed to the lead presenter by November 19, 2014 for each proposal submitted. The conference registration fee is required of all presenters who attend the conference. 
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