5th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

Colloquium seeks to exchange ideas on Black males
in education

Team Smith Fund supports two students to attend

participants listen to speaker at colloquium

Globally, the 5th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education strives to address the crisis of black males, who are more likely to be held back, drop out, fail, or be suspended from school than their female counterparts. The colloquium took place on October 4-7, 2016 at Bermuda College in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Co-founded by Dr. James L. Moore III, Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at The Ohio State University and Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the colloquium seeks to improve the educational experience of Black males at every juncture of their schooling.

two studnets with their poster presentation

This year, thanks to the generosity of Gene and Sheila Smith, two students, Geoff Green and Yonatan Tsige from the Bell National Resource Center, were able to attend the colloquium. They both co-presented a poster presentation on the leadership program, sponsored by the Bell National Resource Center, attended the Colloquium presentations, and participated in cultural tours, and other networking events.

Geoff, a fourth-year senior studying neuroscience, was appreciative of the opportunity to attend the Colloquium and for the chance to learn about engaging Black males in education. “I loved seeing people at the Colloquium who are in the position that I strive to be in tomorrow and who also look like me. This is one of the most powerful methods of influence. Now, I am able to take this fire and awareness for mentorship home and go out to the community to get face time with the young African American male students and help groom them into the young future scholars they have every right to be.” Yonatan, who is also a senior neuroscience student, knows that what he was able to learn at the Colloquium will help him in the future. “I learned practical things that I can use in my future endeavors, such as getting into the best graduate schools and having them funded. I've also learned more about Black males in education, the research behind it, and what actions I can take to assist our fellow brothers in succeeding in all aspects of education. This has been one of the best professional experiences I've had in my life, and it has motivated me to pursue my dreams even more.”

BRNC staff visit a prison

Tai Cornute, a Program Coordinator for the Bell Center, served as a presenter in the College Academy, the section of the colloquium that focuses on preparing students for competitive admission into higher education institutions.  He, too, felt that the colloquium gave him a chance to learn as well as to teach. “I am humbled to learn from the world’s leaders at the Colloquium.  Although it is sobering to think that Black males are experiencing many of the same ills everywhere, it is even more amazing for me to not only participate, but be in a position to contribute to the colloquium and touch the lives of students all over the world.”

The Colloquium’s theme was “Education transitions and Life Trajectories: Bridging Pathways to Success for Black Males,” which provided a forum for education researchers, scholars, and high-impact practitioners to discuss international perspectives and local realities for Black males around the world. Colloquium attendees were able to attend sessions on crafting school classrooms for Black male success, advancing Black male student success from high school through higher education, and Black males navigating the scientific workforce pipeline. The Colloquium also included policy forums and college and graduate school academies.

Dr. Erik Hines, Dr. Richard Majors, and Dr. Robert Bennett III

“The social and educational predicament of Black males is evident throughout the globe. Our colloquium assembles some of the best minds in the world who study and/or work with Black males and on their educational issues and challenges in North America and beyond,” said Dr. Moore. He further states, “I am honored to be one of the conveners of this Colloquium. Equally important, I am happy to have donors and supporters like Gene and Shelia Smith. Because of this support, the Bell National Resource Center is poised to become the premier resource on Black males in the Unites States.”