Helping Young Black, Latino Men Succeed Through Support and Challenging Stereotypes
by Dr. Edward Pittman who is the Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity at Vassar College, past Chair of the CHAS Executive Board and a founding member of the consortium.
When President Obama announced his $200 million My Brother’s Keeper initiative for Black boys, I wondered why Black and Latino men are still an enigma to the higher education community. Ten years ago I met Kenny, a chatty and bright student from metropolitan New York. He played lacrosse and was active in several student organizations. His charisma, guided by an infectious, boyish smile and endless conversation starters, made him hard to miss on campus.
During his sophomore year at Vassar, the college hosted the Consortium on High Achievement (CHAS) annual Black and Latino Males conference, where more than 20 selective liberal arts colleges sent teams of students, faculty and administrators to participate. I watched as he networked and built relationships, tapping into the strengths responsible for his success.
Kenny is not unique. Hundreds of Black and Latino male students like him have flourished during the 13-year history of the conference, which has also been held at Trinity, Swarthmore, Bucknell, Bates, Haverford, Middlebury, College of Holy Cross, Clark University, University of the South at Sewanee, Williams, and Skidmore. (Read more…)
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Resources for CHAS faculty are compiled in the brochure available here as a PDF file, and from your institutional representatives:
Interviews with fifty African-American and Latino/a students at eight CHAS schools were compiled into two documents. One addresses student of color classroom experiences and the second addresses student of color campus experiences. Students voices come through as their own words were transcribed and each voice is presented in its entirety.
The CHAS student narratives have been used in faculty orientation and in student discussions. Each institutional representative has the PDF file for both documents, and can print for campus use with covers designed on your campus.