09/15/2014 09:36 AM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE’s School of Education’s
Higher Education program and Curriculum Theory Project will sponsor the bi-annual
Summit on African American Male Educational Success on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8
a.m.-6:15 p.m. in the Dalton Woods Auditorium located in the LSU School of the Coast
Under the direction of School of Education Associate Director Roland Mitchell, the
free event will highlight successful policies, practices and collective efforts between
schools and communities for developing structures that promote positive educational
outcomes for African American boys and men. In addition, it brings together nationally
prominent educational policy makers, administrators and scholars, K-12 and post-secondary
teachers and students, spoken word artists and invested community members.
Mitchell is a national leader in this conversation, and the LSU School of Education
has the highest African American male doctoral graduation rate within the university.
African American men in the LSU School of Education earn doctoral degrees at five
times the national average. The summit will bring educators face-to-face with African
American male students and scholar-leaders in the broader elementary and post-secondary
education community, as a means to gain insight about schooling from African American
men who have thrived in ways that are pervasively framed as impossible in 21st-century
Speakers including LSU Chancellor & President F. King Alexander and LSU Vice Provost
for Diversity Dereck Rovaria, Sr., will provide insight on regional and national educational
policies and practices.
The summit will also feature panels, discussions, breakout sessions, book signings,
and poetry performances. Participants will hear from CHSE Dean Damon Andrew; Samuel
DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education for Rutgers University Fred Bonner; Associate Professor
at the University of Illinois-Chicago David Stovall; Deputy Director of the White
House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities Ivory Toldson; the
LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows; LSU faculty and staff; and African American
men who are currently enrolled in the School of Education’s Higher Education and Curriculum
“The Summit highlights the ability of CHSE to address national issues associated with,
not only enrolling a more diverse student body, but also ensuring their success once
they arrive on campuses where they have historically been absent,” Mitchell said.
“Further, the diversification of our program areas has not come at the expense of
standards, as evidenced by both our high graduation rate and the ranks of our African
American male students who have gone on to secure prestigious faculty and administrative
“Given the limited number of African American males in graduate school nationally,
the model at LSU in education can, perhaps, be replicated elsewhere,” said nationally-renowned
educator and former summit speaker Kofi Lomotey. “The nature of how what was done
was accomplished, should be documented. This symposium is one step in that direction.”
The event is made possible through partnerships with the LSU Curriculum Theory Project,
LSU CHSE Dean’s Circle, LSU Dining, LSU Women’s Center, LSU Office of Multicultural
Affairs, LSU Black Faculty & Staff Caucus, 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge and Wordplay.
The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in curriculum
and instruction and in educational leadership, research and counseling. The school’s
mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners
and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.
Visit the conference site at chse.lsu.edu/aamalesummit.
Visit the LSU School of Education at lsu.edu/education.
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014