The Men of Color Empowerment Day was created to address the social and structural barriers that inhibit Men of Color from achieving economic success by promoting the self-awareness, unity, academic accomplishment, and economic empowerment needed to thrive in their educational careers and the global community.
The Men of Color Empowerment Day helped to promote student learning by:
- Helping students contextualize their social, academic, historical, and political identities.
- Creating space and a networking opportunity for students to learn from each other and select presenters.
- Providing a diverse line up of speakers and breakout sessions to prepare students for transformative leadership experiences.
Students will be able to:
- Better understand their own identity, culture, and heritage while seeking to learn more about others.
- Identify the characteristics of leadership and define their own leadership philosophy and style.
- Recognize the opportunities to serve the cultural/service organizations within their community.
- Identify resources that will lead to their continued development in identified areas of growth and demonstrate skills learned.
- Build meaningful peer to peer relationships across the institution
From the Men of Color Empowerment Day assessment, we have concluded:
Of the four (4) provided breakout blocks, attendees reported mostly enjoying the sessions focused on Student Identity Development.
When asked, “What topics or sessions would you have liked to see that were not included in the MOC Empowerment schedule?”, attendees named the following:
o Time management
o The impact of police brutality on Men of Color
o A student panel that allows them to express their concerns directly
When asked, “What could have made your experience attending the MOC Empowerment Day better?”, attendees named the following:
o More time in breakout rooms
o Shorten the full event time
o Sessions that allowed students to dialogue with faculty and staff
o Excellent – 33.3%
o Good – 44.4%
o Average/Ok – 22.2%