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Men of Color National Summit

Closing the Achievement Gap for African-American and Hispanic Males

April 27–28, 2017

TD Convention Center
1 Exposition Drive
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

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2018 Summit

The call for proposals will begin in fall 2017.
Registration for the 2018 summit opens on October 1, 2017.

Save the Date for the 2018 Men of Color National Summit
April 12–13, 2018
TD Convention Center, Greenville, South Carolina

“The Tom Joyner Morning Show” will broadcast live from the 2018 summit. These are just a few of the speakers who will join us next year:

  • Roland Martin, host and managing editor, TV One’s “NewsOne Now”; journalist; syndicated columnist; author
  • Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., professor of sociology, Georgetown University; contributing opinion writer, New York Times; contributing editor, The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated
  • Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of African-American Studies, Morehouse College; journalist; author; activist
  • Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author
  • Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University; executive director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Presented by Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity

The Office of Inclusion and Equity is proud to promote these endowments that enhance opportunities for underrepresented groups at Clemson — the Harvey B. Gantt Scholarship and the Leon E. Wiles Diversity Endowment.

Our Mission

The mission of the Men of Color National Summit at Clemson University is to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males, from cradle to career. Bringing together approximately 2,000 high school and college students, business professionals, educators, government officials and community leaders from around the country, the summit will emphasize the importance of education, best practices and choices to increase high school and college graduation rates. The national conference will lead to awareness of the changing U.S. demographics by enhancing the experience of men of color through involvement and engagement, preparing them for a global mindset.

Summit Themes

  • Demystifying higher education and student achievement
  • Masculinity, identity and media perceptions
  • Career, personal and professional development
  • Social justice and engagement
  • Making the right choices: mentors and role models
  • Health and wellness, family and fatherhood

Registration Fee

Two-day summit (includes continental breakfast on Friday and lunch both days)

  • April 1 – 19, 2017: $179
  • Registration is closed after April 19.
  • $2,000 table: Admission for 10 people on both days of the summit and keynote luncheons on both days
    In addition to attendance at the summit and luncheons, purchasing a table will also help to provide support for the 400 members of the summit’s high school cohort — Tiger Alliance. Tiger Alliance is a group of 9th-, 10th- and 11th-graders that Clemson University will work to mentor and engage until their high school graduation.

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