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Making Relationships Work: A Summit on Black Male Academic Success and Inclusion

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT

Boys at the summitHear directly from young Black men and boys, research experts, and practitioners about the factors that facilitate and/or frustrate relationship building with Black male students in P-12 and postsecondary education contexts. Parents, community stakeholders, educators, faculty, student affairs professionals, college students and youth ages 12 – 17 are invited to attend.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Living Learning Communities for Black Male Students
  • Masculinities and Sense of Belonging
  • Generalizable Strategies for Relationship Building with Young Black Men and Boys at the K-12 and Postsecondary Education Levels
  • Hip Hop and Popular Black Youth Cultures
  • Establishing Relational Teaching Environments


  • Dr. Fred Bonner, Prairie View A&M University
  • Solo Brooks, All of the Above Creative
  • Dr. Richard Glass, Boy’s Lab
  • Dr. Raul Leon, Eastern Michigan University
  • Dr. Joseph Nelson, Swarthmore Colelge
  • Dr. Daphne C. Watkins, University of Michigan

The summit, being held for the second time in 2018, is co-convened by Drs. Chezare A. Warren, Dorinda Carter Andrews and Terry Flennaugh, who are faculty members in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. View a recap of the 2016 event on YouTube.

Space is limited to the first 175 registrants. Please register online: https://goo.gl/GSRc6z or follow online at #MSURW18. 

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registrants are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire summit.

Questions? Contact msubmsummit@gmail.com.

Co-sponsors include the MSU College of Education, MSU Equity Outreach Initiatives, the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, MSU Neighborhoods, the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Residence Education and Housing Services, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Delta Lambda chapter.


Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
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(517) 353-4397