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Colloquium on black male student gap

Monroe Community College will host a daylong colloquium Thursday to examine the challenges that impact educational achievement in college and explore promising practices for improving educational outcomes for black males.

Local educators and community leaders will address achievement gap among African-American male students from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on MCC’s Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road. Parking is available in lot N.

Many barriers prevent all children from realizing their true potential in school and ultimately achieving success in college and beyond. Data on college success suggest these challenges are particularly true for black males, who graduate from high school and college at a significantly lower rate than their peers.

The colloquium follows the direction set by President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address “persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color” at every junction of their education. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, more than half of all students of color begin higher education at a community college.

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