OU Hosts 2nd Annual Developing Black Males Initiative Conference

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  • April 22, 2015

OU Hosts 2nd Annual Developing Black Males Initiative Conference

 

Russell Wilson, a distinguished Oklahoma University alum, was a featured speaker at The Developing Black Males Initiative Conference hosted by the Diversity Enrichment Programs Department at the University of Oklahoma April 17-19, 2015.  The conference aims to support African-American males in their journey toward higher education.

The conference was developed by Diversity Enrichment’s D’Andre Fisher and Trey Moore last year. They were inspired into action by a statistic that only 37 percent of African American males who begin a bachelor’s degree will graduate, as opposed to 51 percent of African American females, Fisher said.

To Fisher, the conference was a chance to reinforce support for campus diversity as well as to help individuals prepare themselves for their freshman year.

“We’re not just talking about it,” Fisher said. “We’re doing this conference. This shows that we’re backing up what we say.”

Fisher and Moore planned the conference in order to be a resource to young African American men, and to help them be more equipped to get into college, Fisher said.

Diversity Enrichment has invited 80 high school students from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Houston and Dallas to come and learn about higher education and the resources that can help them succeed there, Fisher said.

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