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Symposium Examines Civil Rights, Education Crisis for Men of Color

Wednesday February 8, 2012
5:00 PM • Various areas on campus

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The University of Texas at Austin 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights begins Feb. 8 with the theme, "Awareness to Action: Men of Color in Higher Education and the Crisis Facing America." The symposium includes four panel discussions in February, March and April and culminates with a Heman Sweatt Legacy Award black tie reception. The symposium also includes the second annual University of Texas Latino Male Symposium on May 4.

A 2010 report published by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center has generated a growing focus on underrepresented groups of men in institutions of higher education. The report connects the disparate educational outcomes of young men with sobering statistics about unemployment, poverty and incarceration. It reveals the lack of success that males of color experience as they navigate the education system in the United States.

In response to the report, this year the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, organized by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), will provide a forum to discuss issues related to the education of young men of color including the latest research and best practices.

Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said, "The symposium focuses on solutions to the challenges outlined in the College Board report. There are a number of programs on campuses and in communities that successfully address issues faced by young men of color — we need to share the knowledge broadly and encourage others to face this issue head on."

Special attention will be paid to African American, Asian American, Native American and Latino males at different symposium events.

The symposium is sponsored by the DDCE with support from colleges and departments across campus and the College Board.

Go to this website for a full schedule of events...