The Colloquium serves as a space to exchange ideas and perspectives concerning the global dynamics of Black males in the educational pipeline. It is a community-building experience that brings together world-class scholars, high-impact practitioners, policy makers, funders, students, and concerned citizens. The Colloquium offers a diverse array of programs that serve to elicit intellectual thought, discussion, and ideas that can be implemented to serve and improve the experiences of Black males throughout the world. Colloquium participants are encouraged to discuss the wide range of educational issues that arise across the educational pipeline (i.e., university and PK-12) as well as share ideas and innovative practices in different disciplinary fields (e.g., history, sociology, and STEM) that take into consideration how forces such as globalization and the internationalization of education affect the educational trajectories of Black males.

In partnership with Bermuda College, this year’s landmark event will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda, on October 4-7, 2016. Full registration is US$450 and includes admittance to the Graduate School Academy, College Academy, three days of the Colloquium, Keynote Luncheons*, Opening Reception with heavy hors d'Oeuvres, Historical and Cultural Tour, Awards Banquet with dinner and daily transportation between the Colloquium Headquarters Hotel and each venue. Registration will increase to $495 beginning on Wednesday, August 31. If you are interested in attending specific Colloquium events, please email icbme@wcer.wisc.edu for more information.

We urge you to register now as participation is limited. 

Extended Proposal deadline: Monday, July 25, 2016

* During the Colloquium, lunch is included when staying at the Fairmont Southampton under the Colloquium group rate. If you are staying at another property, please email icbme@wcer.wisc.edu for additional registration options.

 

International Colloquium on Black Males in Education logo
2015 Program as PDF

2016 Colloquium Schedule

9:00 a.m.   Opening Session
9:30 a.m.   Presentation
10:30 a.m.Workshop
11:30 a.m.Lunch Keynote Address
12:30 p.m.Presentation and Breakout Groups
2:00 p.m.   Presentation and Panel Discussion
3:00 p.m.   Closing Session

4:30 p.m. Why College?
4:45 p.m. Exploring College Options
5:00 p.m. College Prep and Readiness
5:30 p.m. Funding Overview
6:00 p.m. Local Resources
6:15 p.m. Next Steps
6:30 p.m. Conclusion

4:30 p.m. Why College?
4:45 p.m. Exploring College Options
5:00 p.m. College Prep and Readiness
5:30 p.m. Funding Overview
6:00 p.m. Local Resources
6:15 p.m. Next Steps
6:30 p.m. Conclusion

8:00 a.m.    Opening Session
9:00 a.m.    Opening Keynote
10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote
1:30 p.m.    Research Paper Presentations
4:00 p.m.    Closing Keynote

9:00 a.m.    Opening Session
9:30 a.m.    Keynote Speaker
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m.    Student Poster Session
2:30 p.m.    Research Paper Presentations
4:30 p.m.    Closing Session

9:00 a.m.    Opening Session
10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m.    Student Poster Session
2:30 p.m.    Research Paper Presentations
4:30 p.m.    Closing Session

2016 Speakers

Shaun R. Harper, PhD

Shaun R. Harper, PhD

“Champion for High Achieving Black Males”

Joseph L. White, PhD

Joseph L. White, PhD

The “Godfather” of Black Psychology and Elder for Brothers of the Academy Institute

Anderson J. Franklin, PhD

Anderson J. Franklin, PhD

“Pioneering Researcher on Black Male Invisibilityr”

Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, PhD

Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, PhD

“Border Crossing” Expert from Bermuda

Flights


Colloquium participants flying into Bermuda will use L. F. Wade International Airport (BDA).

Headquarters Hotel


The Fairmont Southampton, with its stunning pink sand beach, is the Official Colloquium Headquarters Hotel and is offering a discounted rate beginning at US$211 exclusive of taxes and fees. If you would like to arrive early or extend your stay in Bermuda, special pre- and post-Colloquium weekend hotel rates begin at $179. Hotel reservations should be made via the Colloquium Hotel Reservation Link.

Currency


The currency of Bermuda is the Bermudian Dollar (BMD).
1 U. S. Dollar = 1 Bermudian Dollar

Pre-Colloquium

Pre-Colloquium events are critical drivers of the social innovation platform geared toward building capacity in local communities to serve the needs of Black males in education. Every effort is made to develop outreach opportunities that engage constituents (e.g., parents, community organizers, students) that might not normally participate in a research gathering, but can greatly benefit from learning how research can empower them to work with Black males in education. The operational philosophy of the Colloquium is to engage with and give back to the communities that serve as hosts. The Colloquium leadership actively fundraise to ensure these Pre-Colloquium activities are available at no cost to participants.

Policy Forums

Policy Round Table

College Academy

The Policy Round Table is an invitation-only event designed for key decision-makers most well-positioned to inform country-wide policies impacting Black males in education. Led by Drs. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and James L. Moore III, this working dinner will expose attendees to transformational proprietary tools that include: (a) data analytics, (b) benchmark metrics, and (c) a learning relationship management system to drive country-wide transformation post-Colloquium.

Colloquium Conversations

College Academy

The Colloquium Conversations is a forum open to the local community of concerned citizens that is designed to cultivate broad-based discourse on key and relevant topics associated with Black males in education. Led by Dr. Lesley-Anne Pittard, the forum features: (a) subject-matter expert demonstrations, (b) community-based reaction panels, and (c) questions and answers period.

Academies

College Academy

College Academy

As part of the Colloquium Academies, the College Academy is a college readiness workshop conducted by precollege and college experts that will prepare students for competitive admission into higher education institutions. Led by Daniel Thomas and Tai Cornute, primary emphasis will be placed on the value of postsecondary education, the variety of college options available, college readiness (i.e., academic, social, cultural, and personal), assessments of college admission materials, and funding opportunities. The College Academy will also offer insight into accessing local and national resources and support systems to gain exposure, garner experience, and build a competitive college portfolio.

The College Academy will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and will be a mobile presentation targeted toward K-12 students focused on college readiness. The College Academy will also travel to a local K-12 school. If you are interested in being considered as a future College Academy site, please email icbme@wcer.wisc.edu.

Graduate School Academy

Graduate School Academy

As part of the Colloquium Academies, the Graduate School Academy aims to provide opportunities to undergraduate and graduate student participants across institutional and national boundaries through workshops designed to enhance their academic and professional profiles. Dr. LaVar J. Charleston and Dr. Robert A. Bennett III, faculty and staff from a variety of academic and administrative positions will cover themes such as: (a) graduate school preparation, challenges, and opportunities; (b) implications for future academic careers; and (c) developing action plans for future collaboration and initiatives to enhance the graduate education experiences of Black graduate students. These workshops will not only allow students to interact with peers, faculty, and staff from various institutions, they will also enable participants to develop a global network of contacts while examining the experiences of Black graduate students throughout the world.

The Graduate School Academy will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

 

The initial Colloquium, entitled, “Global Research on the Black Male Educational Pipeline Colloquium: International Perspectives to Inform Local Solution,” was inspired in 2009. Along with Dr. Raul A. Leon, we were invited to write an entry for the International Encyclopedia of Education, “Male Underachievement in Education Across the Globe: A Shift in Paradigm for Gender Disparities Regarding Academic Achievement,” in which we illustrated that girls in both the United States and England were outperforming boys academically (Jha & Kelleher, 2006). The shift toward the study of the educational performance of males emerged as a global concern in the mid-1990s when the focus on the schooling experiences of boys took center stage in the education debate (Weaver-Hightower, 2003). Concern in the United States was echoed in countries such as England and Australia where this issue reached national crisis status. In England in 2000, girls surpassed boys at “A level” on the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations for the first time, stoking national anxiety (Myhill, 2002). A new practice-based focus on boys was accompanied by an empirical research component. Weaver-Hightower (2003) defined this transition toward the study of males as the “boy turn.”

Despite the relatively nascent nature of research on males, most of the current research in this area has been dominated by the study of the experiences of Black/African ancestry males. In certain London districts, the Black expulsion rate is 15 times the expulsion rate of Whites. Unfortunately, less than one quarter of British secondary schools has a specific policy to address poor, Black student achievement (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2002). As we undertook the task of writing the publication, we wondered what it would be like to bring together a cadre of scholars from communities across the world to examine Black male experiences in education from a variety of lenses. Our hope is that every Colloquium attendee and participant leaves inspired, equipped, and motivated to improve the educational dilemma for Black males through research, practice, and policy.

Jerlando F. L. Jackson, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

James L. Moore III, PhD
The Ohio State University

Jerlando F.L. Jackson

Jerlando F.L. Jackson, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Chair

James L. Moore III

James L. Moore III, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
Co-Chair

Christopher T. Moss

Christopher T. Moss
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Coordinator

LaVar J. Charleston

LaVar J. Charleston, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Graduate School Academy Director

Jacqueline DeWalt

Jacqueline DeWalt
University of Wisconsin–Madison
College Academy Director

DeVon L. Wilson

DeVon L. Wilson
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poster Sessions Coordinator

Lesley-Anne Pittard, Ph.D.

Lesley-Anne Pittard, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Coordinating Committee

Tai Cornute

Robert A. Bennett III, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
Coordinating Committee

Tai Cornute

Daniel Thomas
The Ohio State University
Coordinating Committee

Tai Cornute

Tai Cornute
The Ohio State University
Coordinating Committee

Bridget R. McCurtis

Bridget R. McCurtis, Ph.D.
New York University
Coordinating Committee

Raul A. Leon

Raul A. Leon, Ph.D.
Eastern Michigan University
Coordinating Committee

Duranda V. Greene

Duranda V. Greene, Ph.D.
Bermuda College, President
Local Planning Committee Chair

Shawn DeShields

Shawn DeShields
Bermuda College
Local Planning Committee Co-chair

Lou Matthews

Lou Matthews, Ph.D.
Bermuda Department of Education
Local Planning Committee Co-Chair

Cordell Riley

Cordell Riley
Bermuda College
Local Planning Committee

Past Events


2015: Creating Opportunity Through Education: Re-Engineering the Social Ecosystem for Black Males

October 6–9, 2015
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Kingston, Jamaica

Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) and the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male(BNRC) at the Ohio State University sponsored the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (ICBME) in Kingston, Jamaica, October 6–9, 2015. ICBME had record attendance as scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers and global citizens gathered to disseminate timely research findings and share empirical strategies that directly respond to the most critical and pressing issues surrounding the educational achievement of Black males on a global scale.

The theme, “Creating Opportunity Through Education: Re-Engineering the Social Ecosystem for Black Males,” was activated through a pipeline approach beginning with the Pre-Colloquium, comprised of the College Academy at the Haile Selassie High School in Trench Town, and the Graduate School Academy at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Over the three days following the Pre-Colloquium, the Colloquium convened at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and the Jamaica Conference Center. Topical keynote addresses related to policy, education, and health were delivered by the Honorable Floyd Emerson Morris, President of the Senate, House of Parliament, Jamaica; Mr. Ronald Walker, Executive Director educator and Founding member of the Coalition of Schools Evaluating Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC); Dr. Wizdom A. Powell, Associate Professor of Health Behavior, at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Dr. Bridget R. McCurtis, Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity at New York University; and Dr. Carl A. Grant, Hoefs–Bascom Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; and Dr. Richard Majors, Director and Senior Fellow at the Applied Centre of Emotional Literacy Leadership & Research (ACELLR).

Across four days, participants engaged in workshops, cultural tours, research poster sessions for scholars and students, networking opportunities, and discussions. The Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony, a Colloquium tradition, presented Warrior Awards which is an international distinction given to individuals who have provided longstanding service, commitment, and leadership to the “most difficult” challenges impacting Black males in education globally. Seven outstanding professionals were inducted into the 2015 Warrior Awards Class: Dr. Phillip J. Bowman, Dr. Carl A. Grant, Dr. Richard Majors, Mr. Ronald Walker, Mr. Russell Bell, Dr. Peter Weller, and Dr. Alston Barrington “Barry” Chevannes, posthumously. Additional information regarding the lives and careers of Warriors Awardees can be obtained on the Colloquium website.

2015 Colloquium Program

Program

Creating Opportunity Through Education: Re-Engineering the Social Ecosystem for Black Males

Media Coverage

October 27, 2015 via UW-Madison School of Education

October 13, 2015 via Parrish Capital

October 7, 2015 via Diverse Issues in Higher Education

October 7, 2015 via Diverse Issues in Higher Education

August 11, 2015 via UW-Madison School of Education

2014: Doing Something Different in the 21st Century: Informed by What Works with Black Males in the New Global Economy

October 1-4, 2014
Moorehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) co-sponsored the third annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, held Oct 1-4, 2014 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme was “Doing Something Different in the 21st Century: Informed by What Works with Black Males in the New Global Economy.”

Researchers, educators, and policy makers from all over the country gathered to discuss the issues Black males face in today’s society, and how they should be addressed. Speakers at the 2014 Colloquium included Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Myles B. Caggins III, Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army; James T. Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S Department of Education; and Damon A. Williams, Senior Vice President of Program, Training & Youth Development Services and Chief Education and Youth Development Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The four-day event featured talks and workshops on topics such as applying to college and graduate school; gaps in the education system Black males experience; Black women’s perspectives on Black males in education; discussion of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative; and a panel led by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity focused on contemporary societal challenges for Black males.

2014 Colloquium Program

Program

Doing Something Different in the 21st Century: Informed by What Works with Black Males in the New Global Economy

Media Coverage

Oct 9, 2014 via Harlem News Group Inc

Sept 10, 2014 via Ohio State University

Sept 30, 2014 via UW-Madison School of Education

Oct 5, 2014 via Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Sept 29, 2014 via Atlanta Daybook

Photos and Videos

2014 Colloquium Collage Video

YouTube Videos

Photos

2013: The Status of Black Males in Education and Society: Beyond the Continental Divide

October 23-26, 2013
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

2013 Colloquium

In October 2013, Wei LAB’s International Colloquium on Black Males in Education took place at the University of the Virgin Islands, in St. Thomas, USVI. The colloquium’s theme was “The Status of Black Males in Education and Society: Beyond the Continental Divide.”

Keynote speakers at the 2013 Colloquium included U.S. Rep. Dr. Donna M. Christensen, Dr. Ivory Toldson, the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Dr. David Hall, the president of the University of the Virgin Islands; Kimberly A. Worthy, Washington D.C.’s Teacher of the Year in 2009; and DeVon L. Wilson, director of the Center for Academic Excellence at UW-Madison.

The program also included panels focusing on black males in STEM fields; high-impact institutional programs focused on Black males; innovative strategies for using technology to mentor college students; black women’s perspectives on the trajectories of black males in education; contextualizing the black male’s experience in education; and informing research perspectives on black males. 

2013 Colloquium Program

Program

The Status of Black Males in Education and Society: Beyond the Continental Divide

Media Coverage

Coverage from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research:
Wei LAB Leads Charge to Improve State of Black Males in Education 

Coverage from Diverse Issues in Higher Education:
President Hall Aims to Raise University of Virgin Islands’ Profile (Feb. 3, 2014)
VI Congressional Leader Fights for Black Boys in Education (Oct. 27, 2013)

Scholars Reveal Best Practices to Keep Black Males in Education (Oct. 25, 2013)

Research Scholars Take Aim at Improving Black Achievement (Oct. 24, 2013)


Coverage from St. Croix Source:
International Colloquium Explores Issues of Black Males in the Territory (Oct. 24, 2013)

Coverage from St. Thomas Source:
UVI Hosts International Colloquium on Black Males in Education (Oct. 17, 2013)

Photos and Videos

Photos and Videos from the second annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

2012: Global Research on the Black Male Educational Pipeline Colloquium: International Perspectives to Inform Local Solutions

November 8-10, 2012
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) co-sponsored the “Global Research on the Black Male Educational Pipeline Colloquium: International Perspectives to Inform Local Solutions,” held November 8-10, 2012 at the University of Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The Colloquium served as a space for researchers to exchange ideas and examine the global dynamics of Black males in the educational pipeline. The Colloquium also aimed to catalyze discussion and ideas that can be implemented to aid and improve the experiences of Black males.

The Colloquium gathered researchers from numerous universities and institutions within and outside of the United Kingdom to discuss and highlight international perspectives on realities for Black males in Education.

The Colloquium was also sponsored by Worldwide Universities Network, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of International Studies Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, University of Leeds, and The Ohio State University.

Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Director of the Wei LAB and Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, chaired the event along with co-chair Dr. James L. Moore III, Professor of Counseling Education and Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University.

2012 Colloquium Program

Program

Global Research on the Black Male Educational Pipeline Colloquium: International Perspectives to Inform Local Solutions

Photos and Videos

2012 Colloquium Collage Video

Photos from the inaugural International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Official video from the inaugural International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Warrior Awards

Warrior AwardThe International Colloquium on Black Males in Education's Warrior Award is an international distinction given to individuals who have provided longstanding service, commitment, and leadership focused on the “most difficult” challenges impacting Black males in education globally. We seek out individuals who have tirelessly fought for what they viewed as right for Black males, thus demonstrating the “warrior spirit.” Each year, members of the selection committee identify potential candidates for this honor and later solicit nomination letters, private reviews, and character evaluations from colleagues who know these individuals, as well as their accomplishments with Black males. Please note that the selection committee DOES NOT accept applications. The first time that an individual learns that he or she was considered for the distinction of the Warrior Award is after receiving the letter indicating that he or she was selected for the award.

2014 Warrior Award WinnersInaugural Warrior Award Recipients


Warrior Award Recipients

2015

Dr. Phillip J. Bowman - University of Michigan
Dr. Carl A. Grant - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dr. Richard A. Majors - Author of Cool Pose; Applied Centre of Emotional Literacy Leadership & Research
Ronald Walker - Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color
Russell Bell - MRC Learning Center
Dr. Peter Weller - Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN)
Dr. Alston Barrington “Barry” Chevannes - The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

2014 - Inaugural Class

Dr. Melvin C. Terrell - North Eastern Illinois University
Arlethia Perry-Johnson - UGA State System and Kennesaw State University
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent - University of Texas
Dr. James Davis - Temple University
Dr. Roy Jones - Clemson University, Call Me Mister
Dr. Mac A. Stewart - Ohio State University, Founder, Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
Dr. Ron Taylor - University of Connecticut
Dr. Rex Crawley - Robert Morris University

Media Coverage of the Colloquium

Members of the press and news media are invited to attend the 2016 International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. The Colloquium will be held October 4-7, 2016. As in past years, the Colloquium will convene leading scholars and thinkers, high-impact practitioners, students, policy-makers, funders, and concerned citizens from around the globe. It will offer a diverse array of programs that serve to elicit intellectual thought, discussion, and ideas that can be implemented to serve and improve the experiences of Black males throughout the world.

The Colloquium is led by Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Colloquium Chair, Director of the Wei LAB, and Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. James L. Moore III, Director of the Bell Center on the African American Male, EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, and Associate Provost at Ohio State University.

For more information about the 2016 International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, or to obtain press credentials for the Colloquium, email icbme@wcer.wisc.edu.

Sponsors

  • Wei LAB
  • Ohio State: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

2016 Co-Sponsors

  • Bermuda College
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Beyond the Game Solutions LLC
  • National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA)
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • NYU Opportunity Programs
  • Parrish Capital
  • UNC Charlotte Urban Educatino Collaborative
  • COSEBOC
  • Sigma Pi Phi
  • University of Missouri
  • MYNDMATCH

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