10/12/2012 10:25 AM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Education will host the Louisiana Summit on African-American
Male Educational Success on Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the LSU Union.
Under the direction of Associate Professor Roland Mitchell, the Summit seeks to bring
strategies developed at LSU to the forefront of a nation-wide conversation about improving
educational outcomes for African-American men.
The School of Education’s Higher Education and Curriculum Theory Project, or CTP,
programs have been successful in attracting, preparing, and ultimately graduating
African-American male professionals. This population represents 15 percent of the
total enrollment in these programs, which is five times the university’s average and
seven times that of the national average when considering African-American male doctoral
“The summit will bring educators face-to-face with African-American male graduate
students and scholar-leaders in the broader higher education community, as a means
to gain insight about schooling from African-American men who have thrived in ways
that are framed pervasively as impossible in 21st-century American classrooms,” said
Mitchell in his project proposal.
The featured speakers will be Kofi Lomotey, Lisa Delpit and Albert Samuels. Lomotey
is a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities,
or AASCU. The LSU Higher Education program emerged during his time as department chair
in the early 1990s. In his presentation, “African-American Male Graduate Students
in the Field of Educational Leadership: The Case of LSU,” Lomotey will discuss the
relationship between LSU and African American male students in the Higher Education
program during his time at the university in the 1990s, the current state for African-American
males in society, how educators and administrators can support this population, and
why a thriving African-American male population benefits universities.
“This is a story that does not get addressed sufficiently, and because of the state
of black America, and black men in particular, it needs to be discussed,” Lomotey
said. “Given the limited number of African-American males in graduate school nationally,
the model at LSU in education can, perhaps, be replicated elsewhere. The nature of
how what was done was done, should be documented. This symposium is one step in that
Delpit is a Distinguished Professor at the Southern University College of Education
in Baton Rouge, La. Delpit will be discussing her new book, “‘Multiplication is for
White People’: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children.” She contends that
recent public education reform efforts, from No Child Left Behind to the proliferation
of charter schools, have failed to assist African-American students and address an
achievement gap. The book focuses on the lack of engagement of black students in the
classroom, and encourages teachers to re-imagine their curriculum and to reach out
and establish real connections with their students.
Samuels is an associate professor of political science at Southern University. He
will lead a panel of scholars in a discussion of the role of state and local educational
policy in addressing the greatest challenges to African-American male educational
success. Additionally, on the eve of the presidential election, Samuels’ background
in constitutional law, civil liberties, black politics and the American presidency
adds a particularly timely focus to the relationship between our contemporary political
system, race and schooling.
The summit is free and open to the public, with lunch provided. Participants may register by Thursday, Nov. 1, at http://snipurl.com/nsaame.
For more information contact Jessica Exkano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is made possible by the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education Dean’s Circle, LSU School of Education, First Year Experience, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Southern University and The 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge.
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012