13th Annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

“Invisible Men: Black and Brown Males in the Academy”

Friday, April 7, 2017

Reception: 5 p.m. / Kane Hall Walker Ames Room
Lecture: 6 p.m. / Kane Hall Room 220

Cost: FREE but advance registration is requested.
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Join us for the 13th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring Dr. Joe Lott, associate professor in the UW College of Education.

Higher education is supposed to be a ticket to success, a way to open doors to economic opportunity and upward mobility. Many graduates experience it as just that. Black and Brown males, on the other hand, disproportionately experience higher education as isolating and marginalizing. Their low enrollment rates contribute to their sense of invisibility, and their low graduation rates stunt their ability to fully prosper in a variety of ways. But what if Black and Brown men were able to participate in a community of respect, unity and shared commitment? What if they were trained to become civically engaged scholars?  What would their college experiences be like, what would that mean for them after graduation, what might it mean for society?  This lecture will investigate some of those questions and pose some tentative answers. 


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Joe Lott

About the Lecturer

Dr. Joe Lott studies racial identity development and civic engagement among Black students in college, the impact of college experiences on civic and political dispositions, and how to change the college-going culture through parent-school-community partnerships. He is the faculty director for the UW’s Brotherhood Initiative, a collaborative partnership focused on empowering undergraduate males of color to thrive on campus and graduate prepared for a lifetime of leadership, service and success.

About the Series

Named in honor of the UW’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs, the Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture acknowledges the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting research focused on diversity and social justice. 

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