Retaining Black Men: Strategies for Before, During, and After College



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While enrollment and retention have dropped during COVID-19 overall, Black men in particular have faced barriers to college entry and completion that have only been further exacerbated by the pandemic. Enrollment for Black men dropped 14.3% in the spring of 2021 compared to the spring semester of 2020, and retention rates for Black men remain among the lowest in higher education overall. Developing a system of support that follows the journey of Black men from pre-enrollment through completion to alumni status can help to close this equity gap.

Join us for an invaluable virtual training on how to set up systems of support for Black men before, during, and after college. Our expert Dr. Vincent Windrow will share insights from his challenges and successes at Middle Tennessee State University, as he discusses how to create a meaningful college experience for Black men all the way through their educational journey. Although Vincent will focus specifically on Black men, his recommendations are useful and applicable for many groups of students. You’ll also work together to create an action plan of steps you can take at each stage to better facilitate and support your Black male students’ time in college.


Who Should Attend

This training will benefit those leading or championing retention efforts for Black men. Leaders from across Student Affairs and Student Success, Diversity or Multicultural Affairs Offices, and Academic Affairs are all encouraged to attend.

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You can still register to receive a recording of the live session that you can access anywhere, anytime.

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  • 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
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July 28, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

This virtual session will feature discussions around the following topics:

Empowering Black Men Pre-College

You will learn about ways to engage Black men and help to get them oriented before they arrive on campus.

Supporting Black Men During College

You’ll learn about the importance of maintaining intentional connections, both with individuals and offices, as Black men navigate their time on campus.

Celebrating Black Men Post-College

You’ll hear about the importance of continuing to support Black men as they become alumni through displaying their successes and bringing them back to share their insights with new students.


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Vincent Windrow

Former Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, Middle Tennessee State University

Vincent has principal responsibility for the leadership and oversight of many high impact initiatives here at the University. Under his direction, the Scholars Academy – our high-profile summer bridge program – was scaled from 32 to 167 participants and boasts an 85% first year retention rate. Vincent, who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from MTSU, also oversees and leads our Black Male Initiative that develops and implements special programming for that population.

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