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Release Date: 09.29.2014 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of America

3rd Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

Wei LAB's International Colloquium will take place Oct. 1-4 at Morehouse College

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has signed on as a VIP sponsor of the 2014 International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, a research gathering set to explore the global dynamics of Black males in the educational pipeline.

This year’s colloquium will take place Oct. 1-4, 2014 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga (USA). The event’s lead organizer is Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), an education research laboratory based out of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is one of the oldest and largest youth development organizations in the world, and I believe we play an incredibly important role in helping millions of young people to become successful,” said Dr. Damon Williams, BGCA Senior Vice President of Program, Training and Youth Development. “This colloquium occupies a very unique place in the landscape of research meetings on the educational challenge facing African American males. Our support of the colloquium and the researchers in attendance who are from top-tier research universities will ultimately benefit us. If we can connect this amazing group of scholars … to BGCA’s national platform and resources, we could potentially create something incredibly valuable – the ability to drive successful ideas into practice to a huge scale,” Williams said.

The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Doing Something Different in the 21st Century: Informed by What Works with Black Males in the New Global Economy.” The colloquium will bring together leading scholars and thinkers, high-impact practitioners, and students from around the globe. It will offer a diverse array of programs that serve to elicit intellectual thought, discussion, and ideas that can be implemented to serve and improve the experiences of Black males throughout the world.

 “This year’s colloquium will draw an impressive cadre of scholars from communities across the world to examine Black male experiences in education from a variety of lenses. Our hope is that every colloquium attendee and participant leaves inspired, equipped, and motivated to improve the educational dilemma for Black males through research, practice, and policy,” said Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Director and Chief Research Scientist for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The cost of general registration for the conference is $400. Online registration closes on Oct. 1, though limited on-site registration will be available. Registration costs include the pre-colloquium, breakfast and lunch each day, awards banquet, receptions, cultural tours, and transportation to and from Morehouse College.

For more information about the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education or the Wei LAB, visit ( or contact: Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Colloquium Chair, Director of the Wei LAB, and Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison, at (

Contact Info

Contact Name: Davida Selby

Company: Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Phone: (404) 487-5844

Cell: (917) 257-0717