Our nation is missing out on the latent contributions of a large pool of bright, talented and academically promising students. The majority of these students are young men of color. According to a 2010 report by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, many young men never get the opportunity to attend college—we are failing them throughout the PreK-16 educational pipeline. The report is a call to action for our nation to implement innovative solutions to address the challenges underrepresented men face in higher education, and DDCE is helping to answer that call.
Two faculty members affiliated with the DDCE—Dr. Leonard Moore and Dr. Victor Saenz—have been involved in issues affecting men of color for some time now. Dr. Moore is well known for his work with African American men, especially student athletes. Dr. Saenz founded Project MALES, dedicated to research and mentoring Latino males. Both have done outstanding work that has received national recognition. Their work offers solutions to many of the issues detailed in the College Board report. The DDCE has dedicated the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights to the issue of addressing the needs of men of color in higher education with Drs. Moore and Saenz sharing their knowledge. You will read about the Sweatt Symposium in this issue and we invite you attend each of our events which take place during the months of February-May and to become involved in this important issue. We look forward to seeing you at the first event on Feb. 8.