The students in Henry Ford College’s Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group are organizing an academic conference on the HFC campus on Saturday, April 6. The title is Black Male Retention: Best Practices & Student Success Conference.

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell describes the conference as follows:

The purpose of the conference is to initiate a statewide conversation designed to address issues regarding the retention and success of Black Males, and identify best practices, challenges, and solutions. These solutions may be applicable to other student retention processes. Moreover, the symposium will be designed to establish clear academic and success pathways from high schools, to community colleges, to 4-year institutions, and beyond. High school counselors and teachers, college faculty members, admissions representatives, and administrators will be on site during the conference to provide opportunities to address concerns regarding financial aid, college readiness, college transfers, resume writing, and other issues involving academic success. Symposium sessions will be deliberate and designed with the intent to address the specific needs of students based on their academic goals; thus, there are pathways uniquely designed for individuals preparing for college and individuals who are currently enrolled in a college.

The  linked PDF gives a complete summary of the conference and its goals. It includes an invitation to attend and describes how to apply as a presenter. The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2018.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to attend a professional conference on our own campus.


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