UC employee organization hosts daylong Black Male Summit

Registration is now open for an event that focuses on the Black male experience in higher education

UC’s Black Male Staff Employee Resource Group hosts an immersive daylong Black Male Summit set for Saturday, April 2, 2022. It is designed to provide aid in addressing challenges Black males may encounter in higher education. Any student, faculty or staff is welcomed to attend the free summit. Individuals with an interest in addressing ways to bridge identifiable gaps affecting black males relating to social opportunities, innovations and professional networking will find the summit useful.

About the Black Male Summit

The UC Black Male Summit will provide workshops, a leadership panel, community awareness, and networking opportunities.

9:00-10:00 a.m.:

  • Light breakfast
  • Welcome remarks and introduction
  • Keynote speaker: Ken Simonson, "The Black Male Experience in Higher Education"

10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.:

Breakout sessions:

  • The importance of higher education
    Abdine Lewis (College of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
  • Academic, professional and career development
    Ricky Pleasant (UC Student Support Services)
  • Leadership and organizational activism
    Christian Bradley, Tri-Health 
  • Local community engagement
    Vernon Rawls, Cincinnati Pan-African Coalition
  • Black Men Mental Health & Awarness
    Guy-Lucien Whembolua, PhD, UC Department of Africana Studies
  • The Black Male Experience: Self leadership, growth and developmetn
    Mike House, Fifth Third Bank

11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.:


12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.:

Lessons in Leadership Panel discussing leadership qualities/skills audience

  • James Mack, PhD, associate dean, UC Graduate School
  • Todd Pettiford, assistant dean, UC College-Conservatory of Music 
  • Lawrence Jones, Board of Trustees, UC Foundation; Board of Governors, College of Business
  • J. Phillip Holloman, UC Board of Trustees

1:45 p.m.:
Closing remarks

Learn more about the African-American Male Staff Group at the University of Cincinnati.