Penn Summit on Black Male College Student Success

  • Jon M. Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States

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

PREPARING BLACK MALE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION AND SUCCESS
Last year, over 400 college-ready and college-bound students shared their educational experiences with our Center staff. This session discusses the findings from our study, in which we engage their preparation for the admissions process and successfully gaining admission to college.

UNDERSTANDING BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT IN COLLEGE
Using an anti-deficit framework, this session provides a national view of Black male achievers at four-year institutions, their strategies for success, and the resources with which they were able to successfully navigate college and university life.

DEVELOPING BLACK MALES FOR 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.

COUNTERING RACIAL INEQUITIES IN NCAA DIVISION I ATHLETICS
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.

INSTITUTIONAL MODELS OF EXCELLENCE FOR BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT
The Center partnered with 8 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.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

8:30 – 9:00 
Registration

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

10:30 - 11:45
Concurrent Sessions I

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

1:30 – 2:45
Concurrent Sessions II

3:00 - 4:15
Concurrent Sessions III

4:30 – 5:00
Summit Closing and Reflections