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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three-Day Summit Aims to Boost Academic Success for Black Student Athletes

Athletes, educators and business leaders will come together at the Black Student-Athlete Summit Jan. 6-8 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

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EVENT: Athletes, educators, leaders in the African American community and executives from professional athletics will come together at the second annual Black Student-Athlete Summit to lead discussions on issues facing black athletes on college campuses. The three-day summit is hosted by the African American Male Research Initiative in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE).

WHERE: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, UT Austin

WHEN: Jan. 6-8, 2016

WHO: Professionals, $325; graduate students, $100. Free and open to all high school students, college undergraduates and the media.


The summit will cultivate important dialogue around the athletic and academic experiences of black student athletes at institutions of higher learning. Topics include academic planning and college readiness programs for first-generation student athletes, the hidden and unique experiences of black female student athletes and the problem of career transitioning for male football players, among others.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Kevin Anderson, athletic director, University of Maryland

  • Krystal Beamon, professor of sociology, University of Texas at Arlington

  • Albert Bimper, senior associate athletic director and assistant professor, Colorado State University

  • David Williams II, vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics, athletics director, professor of law, Vanderbilt University

The conference is part of the 30th annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, which features events throughout the spring semester. Sponsors are the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, UT Austin; the Texas Program in Sports and Media, UT Austin’s Moody College of Communication; the Longhorn Campaign for Men of Color, DDCE; Fearless Leadership Institute, DDCE; Wei LAB, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 24-Hour Fitness; and UT Athletics.

Follow the online conversation via #BlackStudentAthlete. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit http://ddce.utexas.edu/blackstudentathleteconference/.