Men of Color Empowerment Summit Schedule

All Sessions will take place in the Memorial  Union.

8:15am     Registration and Check-In/Continental Breakfast | Sun Room Atrium, Memorial Union

8:45am     Opening Session | Sun Room, Memorial Union

9:15am     Breakout Sessions I (see full descriptions below)

 

  • Creating where it wasn’t made for me: Men of color designing life giving spaces at PWI’s (Jordan Brooks)
  • Disproportionate Effects of Climate Change on Marginalized Communities (Ayodeji Oluwalana) 
  • Humane Superpowers: Utilizing Your Unique Talents Without Burnout (Justin Roberson)
  • Financial Literacy (Brady Talley) 

10:15am   Breakout Session II (see full descriptions below)

 

  • Creating where it wasn’t made for me: Men of color designing life giving spaces at PWI’s (Jordan Brooks) 
  • Disproportionate Effects of Climate Change on Marginalized Communities (Ayodeji Oluwalana)
  • Humane Superpowers: Utilizing Your Unique Talents Without Burnout (Justin Roberson) 
  • Financial Literacy (Brady Talley)

11:15am   Resource Fair and Network Break 

11:45am   Lunch & Keynote Speaker 

1:15pm    Social Action--Affinity Conversations

Participants will be separated into affinity groups based on race/ethnicity.  They will have the opportunity to network with other members of their affinity group and discuss, in a small group setting, challenges and opportunities they face as men of color in the spaces in which they operate.

2:15pm    College Conversations

Participants will be separated into groups based on their College.  They will have the opportunity to network with other members of their College and discuss, in a small group setting, opportunities to be involved and resources that may be helpful to them as men of color.

3:15pm    Closing Session 

 

WORKSHOPS

Creating where it wasn’t made for me: Men of color designing life giving spaces at PWI’s | Presenter:  Jordan Brooks

“This institution was not made to serve me!” is a sad but honest fact for BIPOC students attending predominantly white institutions (PWI’s). Yet still, we attend, we persist, we excel, and we graduate. Where some of the credit goes to efforts of the institutions to change, the majority goes to the ways BIPOC students, staff and faculty have created spaces and places within the university environment for BIPOC people. In this session we will imagine these racial/ethnic centering spaces, and do so critically in ways that include and do not harm or marginalize people who hold various genders, sexual orientations, ability, class, etc. 

 

Disproportionate Effects of Climate Change on Marginalized Communities | Presenter:  Ayodeji Oluwalana

Climate change is affecting all of us. But, like many other challenges in society, it’s hurting communities of color, indigenous communities, and those living in poverty. This presentation will focus on how climate change affects marginalized communities in several areas such as health, quality of life, and potential to thrive. It will also provide opportunity to charge the audience for call to action.

 

Humane Superpowers: Utilizing Your Unique Talents Without Burnout | Presenter:  Justin Roberson

The three largest threats to men and their success are: lack of balance, purposelessness, and poor mental hygiene. In this this workshop men will be able to identify and explain the benefits of knowing their purpose. I will introduce information and activities that will stimulate evaluation of  congruency in their actions. Are they aligned with their purpose or not. They will organize their original ideas about their purpose while drawing connections between their purpose and actions. Men will leave with some skills and tools that will help them to be able to construct boundaries pertinent to the use their talents to support their purpose and ultimately achieve their definition of success.

 

Financial Literacy | Presenter:  Brady Talley

Credit Knowledge, Banking Do's and Don'ts, and Investing