On May 4 we wrap up the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights with the Latino Male Symposium and our culminating event—the Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award Reception. The sessions this year have been especially provocative and well attended. All of them have focused on finding solutions to the challenges men of color face as they traverse the education pipeline. Each group we have discussed so far—African American men, Asian American men, Native American men—have their own unique challenges that are often best met through mentoring and an understanding of their cultures and education needs. Audio files for each of the presentations so far are available on the Heman Sweatt Symposium Web site. We invite you to listen if you weren’t able to attend.
Each of us can play a role in ensuring the young men in our communities succeed academically. Sometimes, our role can be as simple as encouraging students to attend school every day, to stay on top of their assignments, and become involved in extracurricular activities. Serving as a mentor or tutor is another way we can become involved. We are pleased that DDCE has partnered with two great mentoring programs for young men – the African American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation and the X-Y Zone.
Please look around your neighborhood and your community to see what you can do to help young men graduate from high school and move on to college. Our future depends on it.