Conference Theme: (Kujichagulia) Through OUR will, WE will succeed: More than a philosophy. We must embrace the work!
Description: The main purpose of the upcoming conference will be to build upon the statewide conversations and network that began at last year’s inaugural convening. Indeed, the spirit of our first conference combined a distinguished group of scholar-activists dedicated to the creation of sustainable programs that are designed to positively impact the college experience, retention, and graduation rates of Black male students. Based on our understanding of the complexity of college retention rates, specifically among Black male students, we purposely view that best practices for increasing retention and graduation are ideologically connected. Yet, we require uniquely separate praxis contingents regarding the organizational culture of the institution and cultural knowledge assets that each student brings to a campus. Thus, the goals for the 2nd annual conference are to continue to interrogate the challenges that impede both the retention and success of Black male college students. The objective is to strive for articulation, development, and implementation of meaningful strategies and deliberate sustainable programs to address the challenges. The strategies and program solutions derived from this year’s conference may be applicable to other student retention processes. The 2021 conference is designed for students and practitioners alike, because specific plenary sessions will address the needs of members of both groups.