LSU Program Hosts Discussion on Black Male Stereotypes
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Black Male Leadership Institute, or BMLI, along with Black & Proud and the Theta Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, recently co-hosted “Black Masculinity in America: A Sideline Story,” a program on African-American gender role conflicts and the perception of black hip-hop masculinity.
Beginning with short videos highlighting the stereotypes and conflicts facing black men, the program then featured a panel discussion on the issues and ways to increase the perception of educational achievement in the black community. The discussion was facilitated by Roland Mitchell, associate professor in the LSU College of Education’s Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice, or ETPP.
“Given the strong connections between racial and gender identity, this talk occurring between Black History Month and Women’s ‘Herstory’ Month was timely, and based on audience feedback, needed,” said Marco Barker, assistant to the vice provost and director of educational equity. “From the images shared during the discussion to the thoughtful comments of the panelists and audience, this dialogue epitomized the essence of our Flagship Agenda focusing on learning, discovery and diversity.”
The panel included Kyle N. Boone, a doctoral candidate in the higher education administration program; Herbert Dennis, a senior kinesiology major; Javoris Hollingsworth, a doctoral student in chemistry; S. Mandisa Moore, a third-year student at the LSU Law Center; and Brian Morris, a doctoral student in sociology.
“It is important for us to have an honest and in-depth conversation about the construct of black masculinity – the harmful effects of this construction and the possibilities of what we can achieve if we deconstruct it,” said Moore.
The program left both panelists and the approximately 100 guests with ways to reinterpret the understanding of masculinity and, particularly, black masculinity in this country.
The BMLI Fellows Program is a retention and leadership development program established by the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, or to support BMLI, contact Barker at 225-578-5736 or Chaunda Allen at 225-578-4339, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the BMLI website at www.lsu.edu/bmli.