Once again, HCC asserted its rightful position as the leader in the national conversation regarding the underrepresentation of African American and Latino males in higher education by hosting the 2013 Black, Brown and College Bound Conference. Now in its 7th year, BBCB is regarded as the preeminent national conference on affecting positive change in increasing the persistence and retention rates of minority males. More than 400 national experts, educational leaders, practitioners, and students came together to discuss the programs and strategies that have proven effective in increasing the academic achievement of underrepresented males in higher education, as well as the unique issues facing this population.
Held at the Marriott Waterside, the theme of this year’s conference was 'Rebuilding the "Village" for African American and Latino Males in Higher Education.' Inspiring keynote presentations were delivered by Dr. Jose’ Cruz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton; Dr. Kay M. McClenney, Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Cultural Critic; and Dekoda Watson, linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Article written by: GWSC Campus Staff