Shaping A Culture of Access, Persistence & Completion for Males of Color
OCTOBER 26, 2021 | 9:50-10:20
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe and Allen Taylor
With the increasing number of males of color demographic, the impact to higher education will be palpable. Postsecondary institutions of higher learning have an obligation to partner with key community stakeholders to create initiatives that foster a seamless educational transition into and during college. The dominant narrative about males of color (with emphasis on African American and Latino males) is consumed with messages of failure, challenges and negativity. This population continues to struggle to keep pace with their female and other male peers on key educational outcomes. However, there are a plethora of successful educational pathways and effective promising practices available to shift the narrative and increase the human capital potential of this growing population coupled with enhancing their educational success.
Founded in 1990 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University, the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB/B2B) is a national leader in providing systems to support young men of color complete post-secondary education. Utilizing a peer cohort culturally sensitive and contemporary programming model, SAAB/B2B builds the aspirations of Black and Brown men via peer mentoring and role modeling. The presenter accompanied by 2 SAAB students and one SAAB staff member will share the history, and guiding principles of the program, and its impact on young men of color over the past 30 years.
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