LSU to Host Summit on African American Male Educational Success Thursday

09/15/2014 09:36 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE’s School of Education’s Higher Education program and Curriculum Theory Project will sponsor the bi-annual Summit on African American Male Educational Success on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m.-6:15 p.m. in the Dalton Woods Auditorium located in the LSU School of the Coast & Environment.

Under the direction of School of Education Associate Director Roland Mitchell, the free event will highlight successful policies, practices and collective efforts between schools and communities for developing structures that promote positive educational outcomes for African American boys and men. In addition, it brings together nationally prominent educational policy makers, administrators and scholars, K-12 and post-secondary teachers and students, spoken word artists and invested community members.

Mitchell is a national leader in this conversation, and the LSU School of Education has the highest African American male doctoral graduation rate within the university. African American men in the LSU School of Education earn doctoral degrees at five times the national average. The summit will bring educators face-to-face with African American male students and scholar-leaders in the broader elementary and post-secondary education community, as a means to gain insight about schooling from African American men who have thrived in ways that are pervasively framed as impossible in 21st-century American classrooms.

Speakers including LSU Chancellor & President F. King Alexander and LSU Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck Rovaria, Sr., will provide insight on regional and national educational policies and practices.

The summit will also feature panels, discussions, breakout sessions, book signings, and poetry performances. Participants will hear from CHSE Dean Damon Andrew; Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education for Rutgers University Fred Bonner; Associate Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago David Stovall; Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities Ivory Toldson; the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows; LSU faculty and staff; and African American men who are currently enrolled in the School of Education’s Higher Education and Curriculum Studies programs.

“The Summit highlights the ability of CHSE to address national issues associated with, not only enrolling a more diverse student body, but also ensuring their success once they arrive on campuses where they have historically been absent,” Mitchell said. “Further, the diversification of our program areas has not come at the expense of standards, as evidenced by both our high graduation rate and the ranks of our African American male students who have gone on to secure prestigious faculty and administrative appointments.”

“Given the limited number of African American males in graduate school nationally, the model at LSU in education can, perhaps, be replicated elsewhere,” said nationally-renowned educator and former summit speaker Kofi Lomotey. “The nature of how what was done was accomplished, should be documented. This symposium is one step in that direction.”

The event is made possible through partnerships with the LSU Curriculum Theory Project, LSU CHSE Dean’s Circle, LSU Dining, LSU Women’s Center, LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, LSU Black Faculty & Staff Caucus, 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge and Wordplay.

The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in curriculum and instruction and in educational leadership, research and counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014