ICT Black Men Conference offers discussion platform for community


Newman University Black Student Union in collaboration with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated the Delta Mu Chapter presents the ICT Black Men Conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University.

The one-day event seeks to empower, unite and uplift African-American men through powerful discussions and workshops.

Riccardo Harris, Wichita State University (WSU) Trio Programs executive director and author of “Misery to Motivation” will present the event’s keynote.

Various workshops held in the Bishop Gerber Science Center will be led by speakers such as Samuel David, music producer and community leader; Kyle Ellison, executive director of Real Men Real Heroes; and Jordan Broiles, McNair Scholar researcher.

Newman University Director of Multicultural Engagement and Campus Life Joseph Shepard said, “The main purpose of the event is to provide a space for African-American men to gain the necessary tools to make progress on the adaptive challenges facing their respective communities.

“Our hope is that by providing a space for this population to address these critical issues, we will change the trajectory of our communities and change perceptions people outside the African-American community may have.”

Shepard said the ICT Black Men Conference lends a space to tackle difficult and critical issues such as mental health, relationships between law enforcement and the black community, sexual violence and community responsibility.

Sponsors for the conference are Kansas Leadership Center, Fidelity Bank, WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Target and Westar Energy.

For more information, contact Shepard at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2250 or shepardj@newmanu.edu.



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