African American and Hispanic boys and men experience a higher risk of incarceration, a persistent disparity in academic achievement, an increased likelihood of being unemployed, and a higher rate of death than their white counterparts.
Committed to changing these statistics, California State University, Dominguez Hills’ Male Success Alliance (MSA), in partnership with Inglewood-based nonprofit Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), will host the Fourth Annual Male Success Alliance Summit on Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Loker Student Union ballroom.
The day-long event will bring together more than 700 middle- and high school-age Latino and African American male students from local Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified school districts, and from CSU Dominguez Hills with the goal of building their self-worth and empowering them to strive toward success.
The summit will begin with a keynote address from Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, associate professor of education at San Francisco State and respected high school teacher, whose Steps to College program he established in East Oakland is helping transform at-risk youth into promising college students.
The day continues with workshops, panels and hosted discussions that move the conversation among men and boys of color beyond the problems they face and highlight the successes boys and men of color exhibit in the K-12 and postsecondary pipeline. Students in the Social Justice Learning Institute’s Black Male Youth Academy and Urban Scholars Program will present their community-based research projects and policy solutions to help advance achievement. And members of the Male Success Alliance will present strategies they use to successfully navigate the post-secondary experience.
The Male Success Alliance is an ongoing university initiative that provides mentorship guidance, support services and resources, and build’s a community for academic success among its male students of color. Once connected through the MSA, members keep each other accountable for developing good study habits, going to class, getting good grades, and most importantly, finishing school. Paying it forward, these students also serve as mentors to local high school and middle school students. For more information, visit www.csudh.edu/successalliance.