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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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