March 10, 2017
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UCO CONNECTS METRO STUDENTS TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT BLACK MALE SUMMIT MARCH 22
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the 3rd Annual Black Male Summit, Wednesday, March 22, in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms on Central’s campus.
The mission of the Black Male Summit is to address the historical, cultural and relevant challenges that affect the development of young, black males; build pipelines between UCO and public and private high schools across the state of Oklahoma; and encourage the pursuit of obtaining a postsecondary degree. The Black Male Summit targets high school and college students who are committed to personal, academic and professional development.
During the conference, students will experience nontraditional, creative and interactive presentations, discussing topics on black male masculinity, community policing, the school-to-prison pipeline, higher education, hip-hop education, sports and social justice, voting and politics, and K-12 resources and education.
“The UCO Black Male Summit is a gateway that provides hope, mentorship, and love to young, black males, regardless of socioeconomic status or positionality,” said Stevie Johnson, UCO’s assistant director for diversity retention programs and UCO Black Male Summit Coordinator.
“Central’s emphasis on student success, place and transformative learning make it an ideal and moral environment to have a Black Male Summit, and we look forward, as a metropolitan university, to empower the minds of these students, so they see the importance of postsecondary education.”
More than 250 students from the Oklahoma City metro attended the 2016 Black Male Summit conference, with an estimated 500 students projected to attend this year’s event. Students attend from Oklahoma City Public Schools, Millwood High School, Putnam City Public Schools, Mid-Del area high schools, Crooked Oak High School, Western Heights High School, Edmond Public Schools, Lawton Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools, as well as Hugo High School.
Students also can apply for scholarships, which are selected by the Summit committee, with winners announced the day of the event. Nearly $4,000 in scholarships will be awarded, courtesy of diamond-level sponsor True Sky Credit Union, UCO’s African American Faculty & Staff Association, UCO’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Perry Publishing & Broadcasting.
This year’s keynote speakers are Troy Weaver, vice president and assistant general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder; Will Dawkins, director of college player personnel for the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Rev. A. Byron Coleman III, senior pastor at the 5th Street Missionary Baptist Church and chaplain of the Oklahoma City Thunder; C. Michael Carolina, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology; and Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., director of The Ohio State University Center for Higher Education Enterprise.
For a full schedule or more information about the Black Male Summit, visit www.uco.edu/blackmalesummit or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 405-974-3588.
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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the 3rd Annual Black Male Summit, Wednesday, March 22, in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms, on Central’s campus. Pictured here, Stevie Johnson, UCO’s assistant director for diversity retention programs and UCO Black Male Summit Coordinator, interacts with attendees at the 2016 Black Male Summit.