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  • Retention & Success of Students of Color in Higher Education - Friday, February 28, 2020

    SUNY Erie Community College requests your support to attend a one-day conference, "Retention & Success of Students of Color in Higher Education," which will occur on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the SUNY Erie City Campus in Buffalo, New York 14203. The keynote speaker for this event is national columnist, author, and journalist Roland S. Martin

    This conference will bring together various stakeholders including students, educators, college officials, politicians, community activists, and religious leaders to discuss the challenges students of color in higher education are facing that affect their retention and graduation. It is critical to create a network of support to learn and share strategies and best practices that promote the success of students of color in higher education.

    Attendees will learn about the changing U.S. demographics and the latest strategies for enhancing the academic success of students of color students through mentoring, involvement, civic engagement while preparing this underserved population for success in life.

    Persistence, retention, and completion of a college degree are essential for the success of students of color. Completion of a post-secondary credential will impact generations of students of color to come and will strengthen families and communities. 

    Conference Themes in Serving Students of Color

    ▸ Best practices in the retention of underserved and or disadvantaged students
    ▸ Best practices in the retention of men and women
    ▸ Best practices in leadership
    ▸ Best practices in support services for K–12 to post-secondary institutions
    ▸ Best practices in mentoring and its effects on student achievement
    ▸ Best strategies for increasing persistence and retention rates, which lead to graduation
    ▸ Best practices for school engagement and belongingness and their impact on student success
    ▸ Best practices in family, religion, and politics and their impact on student achievement
    ▸ Best practices in developing a social and community engagement mindset for student success 

    Conference Registration Information. Early bird registration ends on January 20!

    Interested in sponsorship packages? View our sponsorship opportunities.

  • Conference Schedule

    Time Session Location
    7:00 - 8:00 Conference Check-In Lower Atrium Foyer
    8:00 - 8:50 Continental Breakfast with Roland Martin & Dignitaries Post 162 or Statler Room
    9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks - President Hocoy Post Auditorium
    9:30 - 10:30 Concurrent Session 1 Post Auditorium
    10:45 - 11:30 Concurrent Session 2 Post Auditorium, Post 420
    11:45 - 12:15 Concurrent Session 3 Post Auditorium, Post 420
    12:15 - 12:30 Break
    12:30 - 1:00 Lunch Atrium A
    1:05 - 1:15 Introduce Keynote Speaker Atrium A
    1:15 - 1:45 Keynote Address Atrium A
    1:45 - 2:00 Break
    2:00 - 2:15 Introduce Panel Members Post Auditorium
    2:15 - 2:45 Panel Facilitated by Roland Martin Post Auditorium
    2:45 - 3:15 Questions from the Audience Post Auditorium
    3:15 - 3:45 Autographs & Pictures To Be Determined
    3:45 - 4:30 Networking Session Atrium A
    4:30 Roland Martin Departs & Networking Continues
    5:30 Conference Closes
  • Roland S. Martin, National Keynote Speaker 

    Roland Martin

    Roland S. Martin, an impressive journalist, has interviewed multiple U.S. presidents, top athletes, and countless entertainers Roland has always maintained a clear sense of his calling.

    Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an African American perspective.

    Since 2008, Martin has been a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his twice-a-week segment is heard by millions of listeners on more than 100 stations.

    He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin. Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    Download Roland's Full Bio