Some people may call it an epidemic. Cities across America are facing a similar plague. Black males are dropping out of school at an alarming rate. Some reports indicate that as many as 50 percent of Black male students aren’t graduating from high school. That’s not good.
The young men are less employable, prone to turn to illegal business, and are more likely to end up incarcerated. Sadly, Ice Cube’s lyrics “Why more [brothas] in jail, than in college,” ring so true.
Go to any college campus and you’ll see the effects… Black women now outnumber black males 2 to 1. This education gap translates to employment, economic disparities, and I’d guess there’s a correlation involving drop out rates and crime.
What to do, what to do?
Kennesaw State University is hosting a first ever, two-day best practices conference to discuss solutions. The goal is to enhance the recruitment, retention and graduation of Black males within Georgia’s public colleges and universities.
More than 250 people including students, educators, and special guests are taking part in this initiate. Speakers include author Kevin Powel, Jeff Johnson BET host/activist, and Dr. William Cox, president and CEO, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The conference will take place Friday Sept 30, and Saturday December 1, at Kennesaw State University.
For more information visit this link.
Kennesaw State had been making a serious effort to address this issue. Earlier this year, the university hosted a male leadership conference to help encourage students to stay in school.
It certainly seems like a step in the right direction.