Story by Ariel Bryant
Photos courtesy of Tres Jay
The Oklahoma City area was iced over Feb. 20. This caused the cancellation of school activities as well as scheduled events such the Black Male Summit. The summit was rescheduled for Friday, March 30.
The annual Black Male Summit will feature leaders Trey Jay and Anthony Crawford. They both recognized the high number of college dropouts among people of color, the majority being male. The summit not only highlights this issue but it also creates awareness on the potential success if students continue their education. Furthermore, the summit offers students exposure to supportive resources and network.
“I’m extremely privileged to be allowed to put on the Second Annual 2018 Male Summit, which will be held March 30, 2018,” Jay said. “A few of my goals for this summit this year, and the next following year, is to ensure these young men with guidance (and) mentors. I’m sure there will be a few in the room who are fatherless, and who [don’t] have the support of other men that they need. If I can be that, why not? Instead of waiting for the change, let’s start being the change.”
In addition, Erica Alvarez, director of Degree Completion and Student Retention and a female activist, expressed why she thinks it's so important for students to attend this event.
“This conference is put together to encourage young black men to pursue a post-secondary education,” Alvarez said. “We want them to recognize that within them lies the potential to lead. Our goal is to show young men of color that Rose State College wants to see them be successful and that there are people in place who will help guide them as they pursue the goals that they have set for themselves.”
The Black Male Summit will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, March 30 at the Community Learning Center, located at 6191 Hudiburg Dr, Midwest City, OK 73110.
For more information, visit rose.edu.
Updated April 17, 2018