On April 12-13, about 2,000 high school and college students, educators, business professionals, government, and community leaders from around the nation, gathered at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C., for the sold out, second annual Clemson University Men of Color National Summit. The two-day Summit, presented by Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity, is designed to help close the achievement gap for African American and Hispanic males. Participants were inspired and encouraged by keynote speakers:[gj_gallery]
- Journalist, author and columnist Roland Martin;
- Robert Morris University president Chris Howard;
- BridgeEdu founder and CEO, and author Wes Moore;
- Massachusetts Department of Education commissioner Carlos Santiago;
- Chief catalyst at Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation and Damon Williams; and
- Political analyst Juan Williams.
Throughout the Summit, students were able to choose from more than 45 sessions designed to encourage them to evaluate and discover their full potential.
The Summit also serves as one of the seminal points for the Tiger Alliance, a Clemson initiative that debuted at the 2017 National Men of Color Summit. The college access program, which helps build pathways to college and a college-going culture, targets African American, Latino and Hispanic males in Upstate, S.C.