Knowledge is power. Clemson University is taking bold steps to help empower, enlighten and develop African-American and Hispanic males. On April 27-28, 2017, the University will host the inaugural Men of Color National Summit. The mission of our summit is to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males from cradle to career success by emphasizing the importance of education, best practices and choices to increase high school and college graduation rates.
As part of the summit, we will introduce a high school component called Tiger Alliance, which will include African-American and Hispanic males from the local area. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities this experience will offer. The goals of Tiger Alliance are as follows:
Our Tiger Alliance experience will include attending the Men of Color National Summit as well as participating in other programs that we sponsor throughout the year. Tiger Alliance participants will have the opportunity to come to campus and engage with our University administrators, as well as African-American and Hispanic male college students. Additionally, Tiger Alliance participants will be involved in events with other Tiger Alliance participants, creating a bond among the high school students that provides support and encouragement as they work toward their goals. Participants in Tiger Alliance must be ninth- to 11th-graders with a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with their respective high school.
Academic administrator; entrepreneur, Brian Heat Worldwide
April 27, 10–10:45 a.m.
Associate professor of mechanical engineering, Clemson University
“A Passion for Stem”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 a.m.
Academic adviser, UNC Chapel Hill; president and co-founder, B.I.G. S.T.E.P.S. U.P.
“From the Hogpen to Harvard: My Grit, My Grind, My Climb”
April 27, 11–11:45 a.m.