Make Plans to Attend the Texas African American Males in College Success Symposium

Administrator October 29, 2012 0


THE CONFERENCE DATES ARE  DEC. 3-5, 2012, at the George Washington Carver Cultural Center and Auditorium in Austin, Texas, beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 and ending at noon on Dec. 5, 2013.  Click here to view the full agenda as Nov.12, 2012 and here to register.  Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.

The Texas Higher Education Journal presents the 1st Annual  Texas  African American Males in College Achievement & Success Symposium (TAAMASS) now scheduled for December 3-5, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

“Although the State, civic organizations and institutions of higher learning have convened numerous events centered around Minority Male Success over recent years,  we believe this will be the first time in Texas that there will be a statewide symposium dedicated wholly to addressing specific issues surrounding the African American male and his success into and through the higher education pipeline,” said De J. Lozada, publisher of the Texas Higher Education Journal, minority student education advocate and lead underwriter for the TAAMASS.

This first-of-its-kind event will give education practitioners the opportunity to join distinguished national and state educators, legislators, business and civic leaders to collaborate and discuss best and promising practices for African American male college student achievement.

Themed “Establishing a Framework for Success:  Effective Modeling of National Best Practices in African American Male College Achievement,” the TAAMASS  will feature Texas native Dr. Fred Bonner, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education for Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, in New Jersey, and Dr. Karl Reid, Senior Vice President for Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the United Negro College Fund in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Moses Williams, Executive Director of the STEMPREP Program and Research Professor in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, as keynote speakers.

Dr. Bonner, author and editor of numerous books and publications to include Diverse Millennial Students in College, is a renowned expert on Gifted African American male students and will share his findings on the continual development of best and promising practices to promote these students’ academic progression through degree completion.

Dr. Reid has long been a leading advocate for increasing educational access and opportunity for low-income and minority youth. In his current capacity at the UNCF, he leads the Office of Academic Affairs that awards over 400 scholarships, fellowships and internship programs, as well as provides support for the Institute for Capacity Building, Social Entrepreneurship Programs, and the Frederick Patterson Research Institute. His division is responsible for fulfilling the educational mission of UNCF that annually enables more than 60,000 students to attend over 900 colleges and universities. Dr. Reid will share his assessment of national models of success for building and maintaining effective partnerships and collaborative opportunities among public and private institutions of higher education as well as with business and civic stakeholders.

Dr. Williams has pioneered a revolutionary training paradigm to generate a cadre of minority trainees eligible for post-baccalaureate programs at the nation’s elite graduate schools, medical schools and engineering schools. Dr. Williams will discuss his experience in dealing with highly gifted African American male students and what more can and should be done to support their academic development through terminal degree completion in science, technology, Engineering and mathematics/medicine.

Discussion topics for the symposium will also include:

  • Texas Black-Serving Institutions:  How They Are Doing More With Less to Retain and Graduate Students of Color
  • Engaging Black Male Students in Educationally Enriching Experiences Inside and Outside of the Classroom
  • State and National Best Practices for Junior and Senior-Year Retention Programs
  • The Imperative of Now:  Why Data Matters and Why Black-Serving Institutions Must Embrace Its Use
  • Promoting High Academic Achievement in S.T.E.M. for First and Second-Generation African American Students
  • Attracting the Funders:  How to Get Their Attention…and KEEP IT!
  • The Role of Business and Industry in Developing Young Black Talent
  • Hot Topic: Developmental Education: How DE Can Be an Enrichment Tool for Those Struggling Academically

More speakers and discussion topics are being added, so please check back often for important updates. Click here to view a tentative agenda as of November 1, 2012.

The symposium is being co-suported by the Texas Association of Black Professionals in Higher Education (TABPHE) and by the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People‘s (NAACP) Education Division. “It’s going to take forging new relationships — both inside and outside of higher education — creating new partnerships and exploring new collaborative opportunities to improve outcomes and meet the increased expectations of the State and federal governments. This symposium is designed to allow participants to do just that and will dovetail nicely into the 2013 TABPHE Conference –the 40th annual convening — on February 14-16 in Austin, where we will continue this important topic of discussion,” Dr. Cherry Gooden, President of the organization said.

Please click here to register your attendance online.

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