Retaining and Graduating More Male Students of Color: Historical Context and Strategies

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  • 60 minutes

Higher Education Institutions in the US face new challenges to meet a growing set of demands.

Retaining more male students of color is at the top of the list.

This Webinar will discuss the issues that colleges and universities have failed to address in increasing the persistence and degree completion rates of minority students.

The presentation will also provide current data regarding this growing student population, the problems that have not been addressed in serving minority students, and the research-based strategies that should be taken into consideration in order to improve retention and completion rates of this specific student population.

Join this session by expert speaker Jerald Henderson, where he will review the importance of examining data to better understand the issues and challenges on individual campuses.

Session Highlights:

  • Critical issues and factors that impact student engagement (retention) especially for students of color

  • What data should be collected and how often as it relates to programs and strategies targeting minority students

  • Research-based strategies and approaches that individual institutions should consider improving student engagement and therefore persistence and completion rates of minority students 

  • Understand and articulate some of the critical issues that contribute to the lack of student engagement for male students of color

  • How to identify specific data collection techniques to understand the experiences and challenges of male students of color

  • Understand the importance of developing and implementing campus-based programs to retain male students of color

  • Understanding and implementing relevant campus-wide strategies and programs that can be applied to improve persistence and completion rates of male students of color.

  • Understand the importance of outreach within secondary schools that will target male students of color for college access (i.e. recruitment)

Why You Should Attend:

In this article, five critical components in analyzing campus racial climate in higher education were discussed. Each component, no matter how trivial they seem on the surface, plays an intricate part in marginalizing students of color. Because of these mechanisms, initiatives were set in place by institutions and students to counteract campus-wide subjugation. Intentional programming, cultural spaces, along with hiring faculty and staff of color have made a tremendous difference in student retention and attrition.

In addition, the development of social clubs helped create life long bonds as students navigate college. Without these proverbial safety nets in place, there is no telling where minority commencement rates would be higher education.

Who Should Attend:

  • Academic Affairs administrators (Provosts, Deans, Departmental Chairs)

  • Student Affairs Personnel (Deans, Chairs, Directors, Front line staff)

  • Interested Faculty

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.
** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Jerald Henderson

Jerald Henderson

Dr. Henderson has worked in Higher Education for over 30 years. He has held faculty and staff positions in the Counseling Center as well as an administrative position in Academic Affairs at the university level. His expertise is in student persistence and completion, assessment, evaluation research, curriculum / program design, and counseling. He has worked on large-scale projects such as institutional self-studies for re-accreditation, institutional task forces to improve student retention at postsecondary institutions and communication task forces to improve campus climate. Dr. Henderson currently serves as a Peer Mentor for the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy.

He has recently published a book entitled: First Generation Students Can Succeed: A Guide to Choosing and Navigating College. His focus is providing consultation to both secondary and postsecondary entities to bridge the access gaps and increase student persistence and completion rates for first generation and/or minority students who want to attend colleges and universities. Dr. Henderson earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Roosevelt University; his Master’s degree in Social Agency Counseling from Henderson State University; and his Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation.

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