December 11, 2018 at 8:06 am

Alumni News | Harvell Organizes Conference on Black Male Retention

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell ’99M, Professor of Sociology at Henry Ford College, President of the Michigan Sociological Association, and Coordinator of the Black Male and Quintessential Unique Essence of Ebony Necessary Sisters (QUEENS) Focus Group, is coordinating the first Black Male Retention: Best Practices and Student Success Conference for higher education faculty and professionals in the state of Michigan.

The purpose of the conference is to initiate a statewide conversation designed to address issues regarding the retention and success of Black Males, and identify best practices, challenges, and solutions.

The conference theme is (Sankofa) Reflecting, Reconnecting & Recommendations: College Success as OUR Responsibility to the Collective, a reflection of the larger goal of the symposium, which is the creation of a statewide network dedicated to the study and development of best practices that are designed to enhance Black students’ college successes and graduation rates.  As such, the final session of the conference will be a “meeting of the minds.”

The overall conference goal is to establish a statewide network dedicated to the improvement of Black student academic successes by creating a workable plan of action, with a wide range of informational sessions designed to enhance the collective academic imagination of Black students.

If you are interested in presenting at this upcoming conference, please contact Harvell at or at 313.317.1533.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018; notification of acceptance by January 18, 2019.

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