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For Immediate Release
June 3, 2009

For more information, contact
Nicholas Mascari

Conference to Focus on
Men of Color

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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport will host a Men of Color Summit on June 16-17. The conference is intended to promote African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American men (18-25 years old), empowering them with the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate academic success, establish and develop a support network, improve personal achievement, and support the goal of graduation. The conference theme is “Yes We Can: Reflections on the Past, Investigation of the Present, and Action for the Future.”

“The conference will give college-age men of color an opportunity to connect, network, learn and find support, in the presence of men – who like themselves – have faced the rigors of education and the challenges of life in the professional ranks,” said Leah Barrett, assistant vice president of student affairs at the College at Brockport.

Feature speakers and presenters represent professions and disciplines such as education, legal services/law, athletics, political, and health. Featured speakers include:
Kevin Broadus - head basketball coach, Binghamton University
Sheldon Fields, PhD - professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing
Turner Gill - head football coach, University of Buffalo
Rev. Rickey B. Harvey - pastor, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
Robert James - associate provost for Opportunity Programs, SUNY
John Lopez, PhD - vice president for governmental relations, University of Phoenix
Carlos Rodriguez - assistant attorney general, State of New York

Cost of the two-day conference is $125/person and includes the conference program plus overnight accommodations and meals. A 20 percent discount rate is available for groups of five or more from a single institution or agency.

For more information and a schedule of activities, visit the Men of Color Summit Web site or contact the Office of Leadership and Community Development, (585) 395-5899, or e-mail:


The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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