Comprehensive Student Retention Strategies for Men of Color

Comprehensive Student Retention Strategies for Men of Color

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Learn practical student retention strategies to better support men of color on your campus.

Overview

Retention and graduation rates for men of color – particularly for those of Black or Latino descent – remain the lowest within higher education. There are numerous, deep-rooted systemic barriers academia must strive to mitigate in order to support the academic and social success of this severely underserved demographic — especially amid a global pandemic and the ongoing fight for racial justice.

Join us for this unique and highly practical training, designed to help you better understand how your own campus fares in terms of the overall experience for men of color and learn pragmatic strategies to improve your retention and student success strategy. Thanks to our excellent speaker panel, you will have the time, space, and support to find answers to the following questions:

  • What are your current men-of-color retention efforts, and how do you know if they are effective?
  • What are the immediate improvements and long-term goals you can put in place to sustain your services and resources for men of color?
  • How can you acutely anticipate the needs of men of color and create better support structures to help them find a sense of belonging on your campus?

You will leave this event with more confidence and a toolkit to increase the retention and graduation rates for men of color on your campus.

 

Learn from the Best

We are proud to present our elite panel of experts, representing a variety of institutions and programs across the nation. They are the driving force behind some of the most innovative and forward-thinking efforts to drive retention and graduation rates for men of color. We are excited to connect you with them.

James L. Moore III, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University, has provided oversight to one of the oldest programs in the country dedicated to men of color which, to date, remains one of the best. Eventually, the program grew to incorporate consulting with other schools who wanted to create similar programs. Nearly 60 universities have visited and adapted OSU’s model so far. Over the course of time, the program transformed into the Bell National Resource Center, which now aspires to be the definitive resource for all programming opportunities for African American males specifically, men of color generally.

Jamie Patton, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Diversity and Inclusion at Cal Poly, has overseen the development of multiple men-of-color initiatives and programs at three different institutions including Northern Arizona University, Ohio University, and Cal Poly. His research focuses on African American male experiences at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).

Derrick Brooms, Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, has researched and investigated the impact of campus climate, mentoring, and involvement on the academic performances and educational experiences of African American men. Additionally, his education research examines Black males' identity development and expression. Dr. Brooms is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences (SUNY Press, 2017).

Daphne Watkins, Professor at the University of Michigan, has focused her research on understanding the social determinants of health that explain generational differences among Black men; developing evidence-based strategies to improve the physical and mental health of Black men; and increasing knowledge about the intersection of culture, ethnicity, age, and gender. She is also the Founder of the Young Black Men (YBMen) Project which is an educational and social support network for young Black men. Daphne is the presenter of our optional pre-conference workshop.

 

Who Should Attend

This conference will benefit those leading or championing retention efforts for men of color. Leaders from across Student Affairs and Student Success, Diversity or Multicultural Affairs Offices, and faculty are all encouraged to attend. The content of this training will be valuable to both those who are looking to build a case for specialized retention efforts and those who want to improve upon their existing programs targeted at men of color.

 

Pre-Conference Workshop | Grounded in Research: Strategies to Improve the Physical and Mental Health of Black Men

As part of your registration to this virtual conference, you will also gain access to our pre-conference workshop free of charge. Attendance is optional but highly encouraged.

This workshop is designed to ground your support of students in data and research. You will better understand the diverse physical and mental health concerns and needs faced by Black men during their collegiate experience. Dr. Daphne Watkins will provide an overview of her research and offer scalable strategies to incorporate initiatives, services, and practices that can enhance and support the overall development of Black men on your campus. You will have the opportunity to identify new resources and discover underutilized resources on your own campus.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions

See What Our Attendees are Saying

"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."

- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University

“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”

- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College

AGENDA

Day One| Wednesday, January 27
Pre-Conference Workshop

 

Grounded in Research: Strategies to Improve the Physical and Mental Health of Black Men
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This workshop is designed to ground your support of students in data and research. You will better understand the diverse physical and mental health concerns and needs faced by Black men during their collegiate experience. Dr. Daphne Watkins will provide an overview of her research and offer scalable strategies to incorporate initiatives, services, and practices that can enhance and support the overall development of Black men on your campus. You will have the opportunity to identify new resources and discover underutilized resources on your own campus.

 


 

Break for Pre-Conference Attendees
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.


Main Conference

 

Welcome and Introductions
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

 


 

Understanding the Unique Challenges for Men of Color at Predominantly White Institutions
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Our expert faculty will provide a comparison of similar and different historical and present-day challenges faced by men of color at predominantly white institutions. This opening session will help you — regardless of what role or department you are in — to better understand these challenges from the perspective of men of color engaging in their collegiate experience. As a foundational starting point, we will explore what institutional challenges and barriers, as well as opportunities and strengths, exist on your campus.

 


 

Break
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

 


 

Developing a Core Program Philosophy for Men of Color
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
In order to achieve the highest level of excellence for men of color, it’s critical for institutions to develop a sound philosophy to ground their retention initiatives. In this session, we will discuss the core principles fostered at The Ohio State University for men of color. Grounded in research and data, this session will also provide an opportunity to develop or refine your core philosophy as it relates to men-of-color retention initiatives on your campus.

 


 

Break
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

 


 

Campus Collaborations: Creating a Holistic Campus Experience
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Drawing from their direct involvement in developing, coordinating, and leading effective men-of-color retention programs at multiple types of institutions, our expert faculty will help you learn strategies for including campus partners in your new or existing men-of-color retention initiatives. You will be provided with a worksheet to respond to some important considerations as you begin to create a holistic approach to retaining men of color on your campus.

Questions that will be explored include:

  • Who are your critical campus partners needed to support these efforts?
  • How do you involve faculty more meaningfully?
  • What resources can various departments provide that are not well known to men of color?
  • How do you involve athletic departments more intentionally with retention efforts?
  • What can your Institutional Research department do to help collect data from men of color?

 


 

Day 1 Wrap-Up
4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
As we conclude our first day together, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and connect with other attendees around shared challenges and opportunities.

 


Day Two| Thursday, January 28

 

Sign-In & Networking
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Day 2 Opening Remarks
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

 


 

Supporting the Academic Success of Men of Color
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Bridge programs, academic learning pathways, peer-to-peer tutoring, faculty mentors, and many more informal and formal structures can assist with the reinforcement and academic success of men of color. We will highlight ways institutions with lean resources can help men of color programs access learning tools, while building on informal learning strategies. We will also share models for how these resources can be incorporated into existing programs.

 


 

Break
1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

 


 

Retention Efforts in the First Year
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
The first year is critical for men of color to determine if they belong to their institution and how successful they feel navigating a new campus and its co-curricular and academic programs. We will highlight the importance of building a sense of community for men of color in their first year and connecting them meaningfully to opportunities that they may not know exist. You will learn strategies to engage men of color in their first year and effectively transition them into their sophomore year at college.

 


 

Break
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 


 

Striving for Inclusive Excellence: Establishing Benchmarks to Measure Success
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Our experts will highlight strategies, lessons, tips, and tools for establishing benchmarks to measure and demonstrate the improvement in retention of men of color. Our faculty will showcase how they’ve collected and used data to either make a case for more resources or to share their success stories of bettering the lives of men of color on college campuses.

 


 

Break
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

 


 

Putting It All Together: Faculty Panel Input for Next Steps on Implementing Retention Initiatives
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
In this final session, our expert faculty will boil down and provide participants with their suggested next steps for incorporating intentional retention strategies upon returning to campus. You will have the opportunity to decide which programs you can develop on your campus, who needs to be a part of the discussion, and what steps you and your collaborators need to take in the next 90 days.

 


 

Conference Wrap-Up & Evaluations
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

SPEAKERS

Portrait of Derrick Brooms

Dr. Derrick Brooms

Professor at University of Cincinnati and Author

Derrick, a professor at the University of Cincinnati and a youth worker, has researched and investigated educational equity through the experiences of Black boys and men in their pathways to and through college. Additionally, his education research examines campus climate as well as Black and Latino males’ college experiences through mentoring, involvement, relationships, and identity development and expression. Dr. Brooms is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences and co-author of Empowering Men of Color on Campus: Building Student Community in Higher Education.

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Portrait of James Moore

Dr. James L. Moore III

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University

In addition to his role as Vice Provost, James also serves as the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He is internationally recognized for his work on African American males. His research agenda focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education and counseling, as well as STEM education.

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Portrait of Jamie Patton

Dr. Jamie Patton

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, Cal Poly

Jamie is responsible for developing, implementing and managing new programs and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly. As a division-wide leader and diversity officer, he provides direction and consultation for services and policies to ensure inclusive practices across all Student Affairs departments. In addition, he helps provide campus-wide support for diversity and inclusion efforts in partnership with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion.

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Portrait of Daphne C. Watkins

Dr. Daphne Watkins

Director, Center for Health Equity Research and Training; Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan

Daphne is a Professor at the University of Michigan, with faculty appointments in the School of Social Work, the Department of Psychology, and the Institute for Social Research. Broadly, her research cultivates a deeper understanding of the influence of gender role socialization on health over the adult life course for marginalized boys and men. She is the immediate past president of the American Men’s Studies Association; the first woman and person of color to ever serve as president in the organization’s 30-year history.

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