Registration is now open. Deadline to register is April 4, 2014.
Registration and Pricing
- Pre-Black Male Summit Community Dialogue Only
- Registration is Free
- UA Students, Faculty, and Staff
- Registration is Free
- Non UA Student (must have a valid student ID)
- Registration: $25
- Community and Guest Registration
- Sessions only: $30 | Entire Summit including Steve Harvey Luncheon or Luncheon Only : $50
Steve Harvey Lunch ONLY - Group Table of eight - $400
- Donate to the Dr. Joseph L. White Book Scholarship Fund - Click here for more information on the Scholarship fund. Click here for more information on Dr. White.
- At the Summit:
- Special Exhibit of The Pullman Porter Book featuring author Vanita Oelschlager and illustrator Mike Blanc.
Registration is required to attend due to space limitations. The deadline to register is April 4, 2014.
Early check-in will be available on campus in the Student Union at The University of Akron the week prior to the event. Avoid day-of-conference check-in delays. Times and locations will be announced on March 24, 2014.
REFUND POLICY: NO refunds will be issued once registered for the 2014 Black Male Summit.
Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration, attendance, or participation in The University of Akron’s 2014 Black Male Summit and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant for The University of Akron’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.
We look forward to seeing you in April!
Black Male Summit 2014
Exploring the critical issues impacting Black males in higher education
The University of Akron is gearing up for its seventh annual Black Male Summit, April 11-12, 2014, and this year’s gathering promises to be better than ever!
Last year’s Summit attracted almost 1,400 registrants from across the country, drawing highly-acclaimed experts from higher education institutions, public school systems, private foundations, religious organizations, and the business community.
The summit is open to all, but is geared toward the needs of the Black Male Community and will address a broad spectrum of topics ranging from networking, race relations, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and strategies for personal and professional growth. All are encouraged to attend.
In 2013, we initiated a new approach to improve student success by establishing an earlier pipeline into the high schools inviting 9th, 10th and 11th graders with GPA’s of 2.5 or better and good attendance from the Akron Public Schools. In 2014 we will expand this initiative to include the 9th, 10th and 11th graders from the Canton Public Schools. Special thanks to Superintendent David James and Superintendent Adrian Allison respectively for supporting UA’s high school component of The Black Male Summit.
See the Akron Beacon Journal article about this outreach: "Black students explore college during UA summit."
Our admissions personnel through our Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Jim Tressel, are maintaining contact with this group of students until their high school graduation and hopefully their enrollment here at the UA.
We hope you will be able to join us on the campus of The University of Akron to hear nationally renowned speakers, educational leaders, practitioners, and students explore the critical issues affecting Black males in higher education.
Lee A. Gill, J.D., Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity/CDO
James P. Tressel, Vice President for Student Success
|Co-Chairs, Black Male Summit Planning Committee|
The 2014 Black Male Summit is co-sponsored by:
Pre-Black Male Summit Community Dialogue
|Michael J. Bender
Friday, April 11, 2014
Steve Harvey - 11:30 a.m. - Knight Convention Center
Steve Harvey is a media conglomerate personified in a man who has found success as an actor, writer and producer, and his career has continued to flourish, becoming a top-rated radio host, fashion entrepreneur, bestselling author, popular game show host on Family Feud, and host of his own daytime television show. Read more . . .
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn - 4:05 p.m.
Nationally recognized keynote speaker, motivational lecturer, provocateur, workshop facilitator, and author.
Dr. Strayhorn was named one of the most highly visible scholars in his field by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. For his research, he was named one of the Top 12 diversity scholars in the country by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Read more . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Janks Morton - 9:00 a.m.
“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...”
JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America. Read more . . .
David Johns – 1:30 p.m.
Executive Director, White House Initiative on
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed David J. Johns as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The initiative will work to identify best practices for improving African American student achievement, and partner with communities and a variety of federal agencies to produce effective programs for black youth. Read more . . .
Touré - 4:00 p.m.