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The African American Male Experience in Higher Education to Be Discussed

Event: The Sweatt Symposium – “Awareness to Action: The African American Male Experience”

When: Wednesday, March 21, 5 p.m. (reception), 6 p.m. (panel discussion)

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Event: The Sweatt Symposium – “Awareness to Action: The African American Male Experience”

When: Wednesday, March 21, 5 p.m. (reception), 6 p.m. (panel discussion)

 Where: John Hargis Hall, 1823 Red River St.

Background: Early in 2010 the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center issued “The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color,” a report connecting the disparate educational outcomes of young men with frightening statistics about unemployment, poverty and incarceration. In short, it revealed the absolute lack of success that men of color are experiencing as they traverse the education pipeline in the United States. This year’s Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights is focusing on the experiences of African American, Asian American, American Indian and Hispanic men. The session on March 21 is the third in the series of presentations and will feature a dialogue and panel discussion. Presenters are listed below. 


  • James L. Moore III, associate provost, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; director, Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, Ohio State University
  • Leonard Moore, associate vice president, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

Community Panel:

  • Richard Reddick (moderator), assistant professor, Department of Educational Administration and Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
  • Richard Franklin, Del Valle School Board
  • Van Jobe, City of Austin
  • Larry Featherstone, assistant principal, McCallum High School
  • Anthony Whitlock, University of Texas at Austin alumnus, Cisco Systems
  • Darren Kelly, director, Summer Scholars Program, The University of Texas at Austin
  • David Robinson, coordinator of the African American Male Initiative, Dallas County Community College District
  • Todd Suddeth, program director, Bell National Resource Center, Ohio State University

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 118, adjacent to Hargis Hall; Lot 108, south of the Frank Erwin Center; and in the Trinity Garage, 1815 Trinity St.