The two-day event will focus on issues facing men in higher education.
The Texas Tech University Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement will host the first TTU MALES (Men Attaining Leadership Excellence and Success) Symposium Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7). The event will include national, state and local leaders who will discuss issues, concerns and best practices regarding male student achievement and persistence in education.
"There is a disparity in participation and success of male students' retention in education, both secondary and collegiate," said Cory S. Powell, director of Mentor Tech. "This event is designed to attempt to address the disparity."
The symposium will begin with a networking reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 6) at the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group corporate headquarters Grand Room, 1215 Ave. J. The event will resume at 8 a.m. Friday (Oct. 7) with a continental breakfast in the Texas Tech Student Union Building (SUB) followed by sessions in the SUB and the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.
Victor Saenz, founder and executive director of Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, will open Friday's portion of the event as the first speaker, followed by two breakout morning sessions.
Educator, speaker and author Steve Perry will deliver the keynote speech at 11:30 a.m. Perry's innovative approach to educating males as the founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, has resulted in 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first-generation high school graduates attending four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006.
"We believe these gentlemen, along with the others, will help to empower and guide symposium attendees into meaningful thought and progressive action to address the concerns related to male persistence in education," Powell said.
The day will continue with two afternoon breakout sessions and will close with think tank group work sessions and reports. Powell said the event is designed to provide attendees with opportunities to move from simply talking about the problems to being part of the solutions.
Other presenters include:
• Fernando Valle, associate professor, Texas Tech University Educational Psychology and Leadership
• Richard A. Baker, assistant vice chancellor and vice president of the Office of Equal Opportunity Services at the University of Houston System
• Gregory Vincent, vice president, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
Registration is free for Texas Tech students and $50 for all others.