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For Immediate Release
June 17, 2009

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Nicholas Mascari

Men of Color Summit

Focus on Achievement

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Vice President of Governmental Relations University of Phoenix

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Associate Vice Provost for
Opportunity Programs
State University of New York

Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport hosted 87 men of color for its first Men of Color Summit on June 16-17: “Yes We Can: Reflections on the Past, Investigation of the Present, and Action for the Future.”

The conference program focused on African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American men (18-25 years old), empowering them with the skills and knowledge to facilitate academic success, establish and develop a support network, improve personal achievement, and support the goal of graduation.

“The conference provided 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, representing the fields of education, legal services/law, athletics, political, and health, included:

Kevin Broadus - head basketball coach, Binghamton University
“Success for the Scholar Athlete”

Sheldon Fields, PhD - professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing
"Men of Color: Success in Higher Education"

Turner Gill - head football coach, University of Buffalo
Keynote address: “Building Relationships”

Rev. Rickey B. Harvey - pastor, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
“Let the Boys Live”

Robert James - associate provost for Opportunity Programs, SUNY
“Are We Insane or Just Living in the Wrong Dimension”

John Lopez, PhD -vice president for governmental relations, University of Phoenix
“Influencing State and Federal Lawmaking: An Inside View”

Carlos Rodriguez - assistant attorney general, State of New York
“On Being a Professional Man of Color”

In addition to listening to speakers, attendees also participated in small group discussions facilitated by College at Brockport alumni and community volunteers, spent the night in College residence halls, and took tours of The College at Brockport campus.


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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