11th Annual BNRC Lecture Series Fundraiser Breakfast
Since 2003, The Ohio State University has increased the percentage of black students graduating from the university by 25.6 percent. Over that same time period, the gap in graduation rates between black and white students has narrowed by 8.6 percentage points. Part of that success can be attributed to the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male.
Housed in The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Bell National Resource Center has created programming for Black male students at Ohio State that works to increase the success and retention of those students. The center examines and addresses critical issues in society that impact the quality of life for African American males and conducts robust research studies and evaluations that inform social policy and theory on African American males while developing research-based programs, models, and initiatives that can be replicated at other institutions.
Through its Early Arrival program, lectures, and retreats, the Bell Center works to create a sense of community and connectedness for African American males at Ohio State to ensure their success in college and beyond. To provide funds for the events and initiatives, each year, the Bell Center hosts its Lecture Series Fundraiser Breakfast. Held on April 14, 2016, this year’s keynote speaker was Jordan A. Miller, Jr., the president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Central Ohio. In addition, two awards were presented: The Gene and Sheila Smith Excalibur Prize was given to Michael Golden Jr., and the Dennis Alexander Spirit Award was given to Cametreus Clardy.
This event would not be possible without the support of its corporate sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Honda, Motorist Insurance Group, Nationwide, and Radio One.
If you would like to support the programs and initiatives of the Bell National Resource Center, please consider giving to the Todd Anthony Bell Fund - 660395.
Photos by Ira Graham III.