HCC Hosts Black, Brown and College Bound Conference

February 20, 2013



African American and Latino males remain historically underrepresented throughout higher education, and their persistence and retention rates are significantly lower than other student populations. HCC has taken the lead in the national conversation by founding the Black, Brown and College Bound Conference. Now in its seventh year, the conference brings together national experts, educational leaders, practitioners, and students to discuss the programs and strategies that have proven effective in increasing the academic achievement of underrepresented males in higher education, as well as the unique issues facing this population.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Rebuilding the "Village" for African American and Latino Males in Higher Education.’ Keynote speakers include Dr. Jose’ Cruz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton; Dr. Kay M. McClenney, Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Cultural Critic; and Dekoda Watson, linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Black, Brown and College Bound Summit is being held February 20-23 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. The conference program can be viewed at hccfl.edu/bbcb.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 47,000 students annually on campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Plant City, Ybor City, Brandon, and Ruskin. Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Media Contacts

Ashley Carl, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations
acarl@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7158

Angela Walters, Strategic Communications Officer
awalters13@hccfl.edu, 813.259.6589

Debbi Ordaz, Public Relations Specialist
dordaz@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7066   

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