POSTPONED: Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe to Discuss Strategies to Improving Higher Ed Success Among Black, Brown Men
Who: Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and president of the Student and African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
What: Black and Brown Males: Shaping a Culture of Success
The U.S. Census projects that racial and ethnic minorities will represent more than half of all in children in the United States by 2023, and that the U.S. population will be 54 percent minority by 2050. These demographic changes have implications for higher education.
Students of color led higher education enrollment booms in 2008 – 15 percent for Latino men and 8 percent for African Americans, according the Pew Research Center. However, within this enrollment boom of diverse students, there are achievement inequities. More than two-thirds of black men who start college do not graduate within six years, the lowest college completion rate among all sexes and ethnic groups, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute.
If higher education policies and practices do not address the varied college experiences, retention rates and graduation rates of men of color, the academic achievement gap will continue to grow. Many campuses and national organizations are beginning to study more closely the experiences of students of color in higher education with the focus on closing achievement gaps, with a particular focus on men of color.
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, as one of the leading authorities in higher education and an international social innovator, will highlight successful and proven strategies designed to assist males of color to effectively navigate college to persist to graduate. The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) will be featured as a best practice and successful, student-driven model empowering males of color to be key agents in shaping a culture for their own success