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Picture This: Portraits of (Be)longing and First-Generation
Low Income Students’ Transitions to and Persistence in a
Postsecondary Institution
Among college students nationwide, first-generation low-income (FGLI)
college students have lower rates of persistence to graduation. “Sense
of belonging” is an important factor in the academic and social success
of college students, and further examination is needed to understand the
transition and persistence experience of FGLI students. This presentation
focuses on the perspectives of Black and Latino male participants involved
in a qualitative study of FGLI college students enrolled in large, public, four-
year institutions. Undergraduate male student participants describe their
sense of belonging in college through photo elicitation.
Ms. Mary-Anne Primack, Doctoral Candidate Education Administration,
University of Florida, FL
Making Connections to Make a Difference with African-American & Minority Males in Higher Education
This workshop will provide an in-depth look into the process the Student Affairs leadership at the Montgomery County Community College went through to identify the
achievement gaps of its student body. The presentation will also look at how the College responded to the data collected and at the impact that one of the resulting
initiatives, the Minority Male Mentoring Program (MMMP), has had on its African-American male students. The college decided to provide mentoring as a vehicle to
address the success rates of its African-American and minority population through an on-campus mentoring program. During the workshop, national minority male
achievement gap data will be presented, and the workshop will conclude with a dialogue regarding best-practices and policies benefitting minority males in higher
education, including possible strategies that might effectively engage, support, and foster the success of their minority male populations at their institutions.
Mr. Wendell Griffith, Coordinator of Mentoring, Montgomery County Community College
Improving Persistence, Graduation, and Transfer Rates
through Coaching
Low rates of success in community colleges among ethnically diverse
male students are well documented, and successful college transitions
require more than academic skills. Students must learn to navigate a
complex system of bureaucratic requirements, learn new study habits
and time management strategies, and engage in new kinds of social
relationships. For those who lack these nonacademic skills, it is unlikely
they will be successful in college, even if they have the required academic
skills. To help ethnically diverse male students develop nonacademic skills,
the North Carolina Community College System developed the Minority
Male Mentoring Program to increase student persistence and credential
Mr. Daniel Alvarado, Associate Director for Student Leadership &
Development, North Carolina Community College System, NC
Mr. John D. Kornegay, Social Research Analyst, North Carolina Community
College System, NC
Building and Rebuilding a Male Student Success Model
Almost every campus has a demonstrable need for academic and social
support services that will make a measurable impact on the lives of their
minority male students. This workshop will lay out a plan that makes
mentoring and academic support available to minority male students,
providing the students with communication and social skills and with
leadership development and motivation and doing so with minimum expense
and maximum documented results. “Brother to Brother” emphasizes
collective work and responsibility, interpersonal skills, and mentoring outside
the college walls as keys to creating a successful student.
Mr. Derrick Payne, Professor of Speech Communication, El Centro College,
Dallas County Community College District, TX
University of South Florida Summer Camp and K-8th Grade
Computing studies have shown college student outreach is a best practice for
engaging underrepresented K-8 students in technology. The Students and Technology
in Academia, Research, and Service (STARS) program at the University of South
Florida provides outreach through tiered mentoring using the Thomas Principles.
Outreach is comprised of an annual STARS Summer Camp and STARS K-8 grade
mentoring. During the school year, the STARS mentors continue to visit the mentees
weekly to reinforce relationships and skills the mentees learned during the summer
camp. As a result, students have increased their interest in attending college and
entering the IT field, and parents self-reported their child’s success in advanced
placement math classes. This presentation highlights STARS outreach and the
impact on STARS students and the community.
Mr. Deonte Cooper, STARS Advisor-Academic Liaison, University of South Florida, FL
Ms. Amanda Enriquez, STARS Facilitator, University of South Florida, FL
Mr. Antonio O. Enriquez, STARS Mentor, University of South Florida, FL
Mr. Nicholas N. Hunter, STARS Evaluator, University of South Florida, FL
Impact and Success of Black Male Initiatives at Two-Year
How do we enhance the in-depth understanding and focus among faculty
and staff regarding the array of challenges faced by African American
males as they enter college? How do we increase the persistence rates of
African American male students, increasing the overall graduation rates?
This session will present a single-gender program to improve retention and
graduation rates.
Mr. Henry Carter, Director, Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males,
Atlanta Technical College, GA
Rebuilding the Village through Mentoring
One of the most economical ways to help retain students in higher education
is by developing mentoring programs. Many colleges and universities are
investigating how the implementation of a mentoring program can help
increase overall student retention for at-risk populations. Mentoring has been
documented as a way to enhance student retention by matching an experienced
person with someone who is new to the college. This session will help the
participants understand the importance of developing a well-planned and
comprehensive mentoring program.
Mr. Wayne Jackson, Director, Multicultural Academic and Support Services,
University of Central Florida, FL
Mr. Tony Davis, Counselor, Montgomery County Community College, PA
Breaking the Glass: Retaining the Academically
Underpre`pared Male of Color
This session will explain how to utilize best practices for the retention
of academically unprepared male students of color by using Intrusive
Advising, Structured Learning Assistance, Contextualized Learning,
and Leadership and Mentoring opportunities. These components help
provide an enriched, highly technical academic environment which
successfully educates and prepares male students for the global
marketplace and positions them for success.
Mr. Ramone Smith, Professor and Academic Counselor, Mid-South
Community College, West Memphis, AR
Exploring Students’ Perceptions of Hip Hop, Language,
and Culture
Ever wonder how song lyrics can express almost anything? This
presentation explores hip hop and language as the truth behind the
words shed new light on tradition and popular culture. The presentation
will also provide an overview of a program panel featuring high school
and college students’ perceptions of hip hop, thereby examining
students’ (specifically minority males) word choices and the impact on
Mr. Courtney Brazile, Speech Communication Professor, Eastfield College
(Dallas County Community College District), TX
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