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Broward College Hosts Inaugural Conference to Motivate Minority Male Students

Davie, Fla. (September 26, 2016) – As part of its effort to increase high school graduation and higher education enrollment rates in the county, Broward College hosted the Future Leaders Success Conference on Saturday, September 17 at the Omni Auditorium on the North Campus in Coconut Creek. More than 200 people were in attendance at the event, which featured a number of breakout sessions on ways to improve academic performance, career options and transforming attitudes for minority male learners.

Dr. Avis Proctor, vice president of academic affairs, said the conference "is yet another example of our core belief that all of our students can achieve their full potential if they have the support of a college that is truly dedicated to their success." 

The conference culminated with a motivational address from renowned author and educator Dr. Steve Perry. In his keynote address, he commended those parents and educators who took the time to attend the conference with their children, adding that their interest is an expression of hope. He urged the audience to stop making excuses for why minority male students are not doing well academically and realize that in the end it's the children who lose.

"Policies won't save us; parents can't save us. It's a combination of both," said Perry. "We don't have a choice. If we don't [then] we are in trouble."

While the Florida Department of Education data shows an increase in the high school graduation rate among males between 2010 and 2015, there is still some disparity between minority male students and white male students, as well as between males and females.

Photo ID (High resolution images available via Dropbox courtesy of Broward College)   

  1. A high school student engages a facilitator on some of the issues affecting minority males.
  2. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Steve Perry encourages the audience to "act now to save our future".  Dr. Perry's presentation culminated the Future Leaders Success Conference organized by Broward College. The conference also included breakout sessions and dialogue on how to improve the academic interests and outcomes of minority male students. 
  3. Dr. Steve Perry emphasizes a point to the audience at the Future Leaders Conference held at Broward College North Campus in Coconut Creek on Saturday, September 17. 

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