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GVSU to host third annual Black Boys and Men National Symposium


The symposium offers participants opportunities to learn about the systems that impact the lives of Black boys and men and discover how to create equitable transformation through education

“It is held in Grand Rapids, and led by GVSU because we believe the work is extremely important and we believe we have the ability to impact success outcomes in this West Michigan, Grand Rapids Space.”

That’s Dr. B. Donta Truss is Grand Valley’s Vice President for Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach. He says this week’s 3rd annual Black Boys and Men National Symposium is geared toward community leaders and people who work in K-12 education, higher ed and youth services with the goal of enduring pathways to success for Black Boys and Men.

“We’ve looked at success indicators for this particular population, they don’t look well, across the country, and so we want again to be an influencer, so more can be heard, elevated and the paths can be clearer to success.”

Speakers and presenters, Dr. Truss says, will provide a holistic look at the lives of Black Men and boys in a variety of contexts; to again help those doing the work in community; those walking alongside black boys and men.

Keynote speakers include Jalen Rose, from U of M’s Fab five, Walter Kimbrough, and Rashad Richey, an Emmy nominated broadcaster.

“So, as we do that work, we’ve invited some great keynote speaker to speak to those persons but provide them with skills and new understanding that will allow them to do this work better.”

The symposium will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Amway Grand Plaza.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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