National Black Male Retreat

The National Black Male Retreat promotes self-awareness, unity, academic motivation, leadership, and manhood among a concentrated group of Black males. Students will be able to come together during the retreat and discuss relevant topics specific to their experiences in higher education.

Initially, the Retreat served as a platform from which students could discuss their perceived place on The Ohio State University’s campus. Currently, the Retreat has become a place of refuge for all undergraduate and graduate student participants who attend. Open to students across the nation, attendees are exposed to nationally-renowned speakers, presented with insightfully themed workshops with applicable and practical information, and able to enjoy an exciting opportunity to network and reflect on who they are and the unlimited potential they possess.


Featured Speakers

Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education
Mychal Denzel Smith
Dr. Ty, Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator.
Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas
Dr. White, the “Godfather” of Black psychology
Dr. Joseph White



Registration includes shared lodging and meals throughout the duration of the Retreat.

Registration Type Deadline Cost

Early Bird



Regular Rate



Late Registration




Conference Location

Deer Creek
Lodge & Conference Center
P.O. Box 125
22300 State Park Road 20
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143


Photo of Deer creek lodge



Thank You to our Ohio State University Sponsors!

Please contact Tai Cornute at or (614) 247-4766 for more information.