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The BBCB committee invites presentations and panel discussions for the 2018 Black, Brown and College Bound Summit. The presentation and panel discussions of 75 minutes should focus on the theme of: Black and Latino Males Overcoming Challenges: Reflections. The goal of the summit is to produce substantive work upon which educators, students, and community leaders can act as change agents for developing successful strategies in educational access, equity, persistence and graduating African American and Latino males. The Summit offers various thematic tracks presented in multiple concurrent workshops and plenary sessions to provide information concerning this targeted student group.

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: 10/31/2017
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Summit Tracks * (please choose one)
Track 1: Identity:

Identity Re-imagined

Black and Latino males experience a pervasive imposition of negative stereotypical notions and misperceptions about masculinity, emotion, and intellect. Knight (2015) suggests Black and Latino males “are often portrayed through a distorted lens. But many live counter-narratives everyday”. Knight further suggests that men of color possess a range of identity complexities that the public may not see or accept because they are typically defined far too narrowly. Media provides a reservoir of images and ideas that are too often applied to this population in general without considering the possibility of a multidimensional aspect. Laboring under these narrow definitions, men of color find themselves conforming to the notions or restricted by them.

What if their identity was re-imagined? What if black and Latino men defined masculinity for themselves? How do men experience self-actualization regarding racial, ethnic, masculine, emotional and intellectual identity?

This track will focus on identity for men of color, how institutions can reframe assumptions and embrace the population as it exists, and ways to help students conduct critical self-exploration.

Track 2: Health & Wellness :

Health and Wellness Issues for Men of color

The American Journal of Public Health (May 2012) cited the accumulating evidence that shows people of color suffer disproportionately from a number of health and social conditions as compared to their white counterparts. They further suggest that in discussions of health disparities, the unique factors contributing to disparities faced by and men of color are too often overlooked. The cause for disparity is multifaceted and includes health issues such as physical (i.e. life expectancy, HIV infection, illness) and mental health (suicide, depression, and substance abuse).

This track will contextualize the health and wellness issues of men of color and enhance the understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., demographic, community, societal, personal) that impact health and wellness. Additionally, the track will focus on current strategies for mitigating non-health promoting behaviors and identify culturally appropriate approaches for reducing the disparity, as well as educating and inspiring young black and Latino males to embrace healthy lifestyles.

Track 3: Academic Success:

Academic Readiness & Academic Achievement

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Maimonides

This quote emanates the mission and focus of the critical need to prepare minority males for college and career options that will sustain them for life. Recognizing the obstacles and challenges men of color face as they mature into adulthood, college practitioners and administrators need a holistic approach to equip them with resilient skills to persevere towards academic success.

Adelman (2005) indicates that students of color throughout the country are significantly less likely to persist in college when compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Among the challenges often faced by this population are low academic expectation, language barriers, insufficient access to technology, higher need for academic remediation, and low self-efficacy. These inhibitors can impede a student’s dreams and aspirations for college and professional careers if they are not properly navigated and addressed.

As such, being properly equipped with sufficient academic prowess and technology skills is essential in order to compete and gain access to meaningful college and career opportunities and experiences. This track will offer best practices and resolutions for addressing the aforementioned issues and moving male students of color towards a more successful and meaningful path of academic and professional accomplishment.

Track 4: Social Justice:

Social Justice

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb 2014) and Dr. Luke Wood (Jan 2015), many Black and Latino male students enter college with higher aspirations than their white peers. However, white men are almost six times as likely to graduate in three years with a certificate or degree when compared to men of color (CCCSE Special Report, 2014). Continued research regarding best practices and strategies substantiates the impact of faculty mentoring, tutorial services, personal support systems and college engagement to improve completion and graduation rates for men of color (Harris, 2013; Harris et al. 2017; Goode, 2016). Often, these strategies do not incorporate socio-political constructs associated with college success for men of color. Despite educational and professional success, there are still instances where men of color are perceived as criminals or threats. National studies indicate this population is overrepresented in juvenile detention centers and prisons, special education classes and are more subject to labels such as high risk, dangerous and endangered (Holcomb-McCoy, 2012).

Strategies for Black and Latino male student success cannot be considered complete without addressing the social justice issues that impact their daily lives. How do we change the social construct in the college environment? While men of color are encouraged to value college engagement how does the college really view them?

This track will address social justice issues such as micro-aggression, negative stereotyping, racism and the perceived denigration of men of color and their impact on the overall achievement of this population. Further, this track will seek solutions for how black and Latino men can successfully navigate issues of social justice.

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 presenters in the field.
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Concurrent Sessions
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Concurrent Sessions - A concurrent session offers 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.

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.

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