Uplifting Black Men Conference invites students, community members to lift their voices
Center and a conference organizer. “That’s the vision of this conference: teaching people how to speak hope in despair, no matter where they are.”
faculty, staff, alumni, high school students, and community members are expected to attend the free event. “The conference is not just for Black men,” said Kimberly Smith, associate vice provost of Student Success Initiatives. “It’s open to any individual who wants to support the academic and social success of Black men.”
A&M University, a Historically Black College and University in Prairie View, Texas. Bonner studies issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education, including the success of academically gifted African American male college students.
of Black and Belonging and an associate professor of educational psychology and equity at North Carolina State University.
that kind of support as an undergraduate at Penn State. But as the director of Virginia Tech’s Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN), he hopes to engage Black students academically and socially with programming like the Uplifting Black Men conference or study sessions in the library.
the wisdom and story-sharing of a traditional Black cultural space to campus with facilitated conversations. “It’s a space for students to be able to talk about their concerns and their anxieties, their worries, but also their hopes and their passions and their joys, things that are pertinent to their lives and to their
experiences,” said Wallace. The next Barbershop Talk will take place Feb. 23 in the Black Cultural Center on campus.
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