The University of Kentucky’s Martin Luther King Center is hosting its first Men of Color Symposium, in collaboration with the university’s Office for Institutional Diversity and the Office of Student and Academic Life.
The free, daylong symposium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 and will be open to students and professionals on and off campus.
Ja’Mahl McDaniel, associate director of the Martin Luther King Center, described the symposium as an opportunity to “build community and talk about how to better support men of color through all walks of life.”
The conference theme is “Building a Pipeline: College, Career, & Community.” Featured speakers will include Kentucky State University Professor Dr. Roger Cleveland, Ohio State University Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. James L. Moore III, hip hop artist David “Olmeca” Barragan and entrepreneur and author DeAndre Carter.
“The fact that we have an opportunity to discuss issues and solutions relevant to the success of men of color is extremely important to our campus community and the state of Kentucky,” Dr. Sonja Feist-Price said. “Both professionally and personally, this symposium is near and dear to my heart, and I am beyond excited about the ways in which this symposium will lead to practical and actionable initiatives, not only on our campus but campuses throughout the Commonwealth.”