|2014 SUMMIT TRACKS:
Track I: Exceed Expectations: Designing Non-Traditional Careers for the Future
Designing Non-traditional Careers for the Future “By 2020, fewer jobs will be
available to people with less than high school or only a high school diploma.
Jobs will increase for those with associate’s degrees or better” (Georgetown
Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013). Positive trending in the
availability of jobs in the U.S. is a strong indicator of economic recovery.
However, the future job market will be different, requiring more knowledge,
skills, and abilities. High-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs will require
post-secondary training or degrees in addition to transferable skills in the
areas of communication, complex problem-solving and technical ability. The data
are clear: "a college degree is key to economic opportunity, conferring
substantially higher earnings on those with credentials than those
without" (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013).
Workforce trends also indicate that current and future graduates may fare
better if they consider non-traditional opportunities, particularly, career
fields with lower African American and Latino representation. Given this
information, it is imperative that African American and Latino males consider
other non-traditional careers and entrepreneurial possibilities?
|Track II: Technology: Current and Future Trends
Technology has changed the
lives and cultural patterns of people and institutions. Technological tools
available today include Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other
This track will explore
the current and future trends in technology that will influence the educational
system; identify the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to compete in the
global marketplace; and examine the challenges and changes in the learning
process for a growing diverse population.
Track III: Mentoring: A Structured Sharing of Wisdom
A key factor to successful
transitions in education, career advancement, and even personal growth and
development is the mentoring process. As such, creating and sustaining viable,
effective mentoring programs and experience is imperative. The goal of any
mentoring program is to facilitate engagement, provide quality role models and
create positive experiences for African American and Latino males to
successfully achieve their educational, personal and career goals.
This track will seek to
provide the participants with the trends, best practices, case studies,
empirical data and methods of assessments in higher education and
community-based programs that have been successful in the mentoring of African
American and Latino males. Furthermore, this track will explore the use of
non-traditional methods, such as social media, used to identify and recruit mentors locally and abroad.
Track IV: Justice System: Roadblock or Stepping Stone
Research literature and
judicial records indicate that the justice system is often unfair and
inequitable for African American and Latino males. Key findings about the
disparate treatment that Hispanics receive include: "Hispanics experience
discrimination during arrest, prosecution, and sentencing, and more likely to
be incarcerated than whites charged with the same offenses" (Lost
Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U. S. Criminal Justice System).
Clearly, the Trayvon
Martin case highlights the current issues of profiling, stereotyping, and
marginalizing African American and Latino males which have a negative and
chilling effect impeding their educational and career goals. There is
significant evidence, of "a lack of success" for these young men.
This track will address
pervasive problems and potential solutions based on research, case studies, and
|Track V: Identity & Culture: Perceptions Gone Wrong
Today, many African
American and Latino males seem somewhat confused or harbor misperceptions about
their rich cultural heritage, masculinity, and respective identities. Whether
these factors are attributable to the socialization processes through the
systemic disruption of the family, community institutions, and media, are yet to
be fully determined. How empowering it would be if our youth understood how the
great creations and contributions from our African and Latino ancestors have
positively influenced their identity and the American Culture.
This track will be
informative about the rich culture and history of African Americans and Latino
Americans. Furthermore, this track will reveal research findings and empirical
data associated with the complexities and challenges African American and
Latino males face in solidifying their masculinity and ethnic identity.