2018 Black Male Retreat Recap

Black Male Retreat attendees for 2018

On March 23-25, 2018, over 100 Black male college students journeyed to Deer Creek State Park and Lodge Center to participate in the 13th Annual National Black Male Retreat. The retreat promotes self-awareness, unity, academic motivation, leadership, and manhood among a concentrated group of Black males. This year’s theme was “Developing a blueprint for wellness,” which focused on the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, career, social, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, creative, and environmental. Presentations included “Embracing the Ethos of Excellence”; “Supporting Black Male Excellence in Higher Education and Beyond”; “Getting Back to the Basics: Financial Planning 101”; and “The Black Male Blueprint.”

The retreat, initially started in 2005, was intended to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to share and discuss their experiences at The Ohio State University. Since then, retreats have shifted to focusing on redefining manhood and developing financial literacy.

The retreat’s keynote speakers were Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Director of Center X at UCLA and Dr. Andre M. Perry, the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Retreat attendees stated:

 “This retreat was amazing!!! I am glad I had the opportunity to attend, and I will definitely be back next year”

“I really enjoyed the retreat. I have never been in a room with so many intellectual and influencing black males. Great opportunity and opportunity to make life long connections with individuals.”

“Given how many professionals attend the event, I know that I would benefit substantially from an event that allows programs to share best practices.”

“This was a great weekend. I look forward to it next year.”

“I think the overall retreat was well put together and gave me a stronger connection to black male community.”

“The retreat did an excellent job of centering the black male experience.”

 “As a first time attendee, this retreat was a lot more than expected, in a good way. I enjoyed the relaxed nature of the retreat, and the fact that it wasn't a conference disguised as a retreat. The presenters were great!”

The 2019 National Black Male Retreat will take place in March 2019.