SLCC Hosts Men of Color Summit, Addressing Success in Education

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Summit at SLCC intended to provide participants with tools and resources to actively nurture inclusive environments for men of color and to gather ideas on improving equity within the education system

Salt Lake Community College is hosting the Men of Color Summit, designed to help males of color succeed in education, on Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Multipurpose Room on the SLCC South City Campus located at 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City. Though it is a free event, participants are encouraged to register in advance.

The summit, focusing on how to make equity across the education pipeline a reality for men of color, will address the challenges, achievements and opportunities to attain academic success. The all-day workshop is designed to serve as a platform “where information and awareness meet action, not merely highlighting the challenges males of color face throughout the entire educational pipeline, but to initiate the construction of a sustainable model to establish progressive change.”

The summit is also intended to provide participants with tools and resources to actively nurture inclusive environments for men of color and to gather ideas on improving equity within the education system. Research shows students who feel included on campus earn post-secondary degrees and certificates at higher rates.

The summit’s two keynote speakers are Frank Harris, III, and Luke Wood, both professors at San Diego State University. Harris is professor of postsecondary education at San Diego State’s College of Education and is the institution’s co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) – Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3). Wood is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State. Wood also serves as the director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State and Claremont Graduate University.

Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s only accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the college is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs and the largest supplier of transfer students to the state’s four-year institutions. SLCC is also a top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded and the leading provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area.

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