Penn Summit on Black Male College Student Success

SUMMARY

Researchers from the Center will present powerful insights on successfully getting more Black male students to and through higher education. The keynote address and concurrent sessions will focus on better preparing these young men for college admission and success, more effectively engaging them in educationally purposeful activities, enhancing their personal and career development, addressing racial disparities in intercollegiate athletics, and learning from models of institutional excellence.

SUMMIT SESSIONS

GETTING BLACK MALES TO AND THROUGH GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
For three years, the Penn Grad Prep academy has helped increase the presence of Black men in graduate programs, particularly in education. This session discusses findings from longitudinal data of Grad Prep applicants and participants during the course of the program.

BLACK MEN IN COLLEGE SPORTS
NCAA Division I athletics programs maintain disparities in the representation of Black Males on sports teams and their success beyond sports. The Center engages this problem by addressing opportunities to better support increasing Black male athlete success in the classroom toward graduation and beyond.

ENGAGING AND RETAINING BLACK MALE UNDERGRADUATES
The Center partnered with 5 colleges and universities in the development and execution of programs and initiatives supporting Black male students in the classroom and beyond. In this session, we explore these cases, their outcomes, and the implications for institutions across the country to engage and retain Black male college students.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

8:30 – 9:00 
Registration

9:00 – 10:15
Opening Keynote by Dr. Shaun R. Harper

10:30 - 11:45

Reframing Deficit Discourses: Lessons from a 40-School Study in New York City Public Schools

Carlos Burgos, University of Pennsylvania
Nathan Castillo, University of Pennsylvania
Alan Garcia, Regis High School (NYC)
Brenton James, University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Martinez, Cornell University

Collin D. Williams, Jr., Moderator

12:00 – 1:15 
Lunch and Student Voice Panel

1:30 – 2:45
Concurrent Sessions

Getting Black Men To and Through Graduate School
Ed Smith, Center Research Associate

Black Men in College Sports
Collin D. Williams, Jr., Center Research Associate

Engaging and Retaining Black Undergraduate Men
Charles H.F. Davis III, Center Co-Director 

3:00 - 4:15
Success Strategy Session and  Post-Summit Planning

4:30 – 5:00
Summit Closing and Reflections