Teaching Men of Color Professional Development Event

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 8:15am

The Equity Advisory Group and The Student Success Committee

proudly welcome

Drs. J. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

Associate Professors of Community College Leadership

Co-Directors of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative

Co-Authors of Teaching Men of Color in the Community College

Friday, February 9, 2018 in the VC Applied Science Center, ASC 150

“Every college member can effectively educate college men of color, learn strategies and approaches that can enhance success outcomes for these men.”


All FACULTY and STAFF are encouraged to attend.

8:30 am    Check-In

8:45 am    College Welcome

9:00am     Workshop

Men of Color in the Community College: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

The vast majority of men of color in postsecondary education are enrolled in community colleges. However, while community colleges have served as the primary pathway into postsecondary education for these men, outcome gaps between men of color and their student counterparts persist. Men of color are therefore a critical consideration in the national conversation on “student success” and “completion.” This workshop will focus on research and practice trends focused on men of color in community colleges and will share insights on evident challenges and opportunities. In particular, this session will focus on the role of institutional-level needs assessment in building the institutional capacity necessary to enhance outcomes for these men. Salient findings and recommendations for practice will be discussed.  

Anticipated Learning Outcomes:

·     Highlight national trends and issues that impact student success outcomes for men of color in community colleges

·     Discuss the convergence of masculinity and racial identities and how it shapes educational experiences and outcomes for men of color

·     Present high-impact institutional practices to redress outcome disparities for men of color in community colleges

 10:30 am  Break                 

 10:45 am   Workshop

Teaching and Learning for Community College Men of Color: A Focus on Institutional Responsibility and Accountability

Efforts to improve student success outcomes for community college men of color often focus on remediating perceived student deficits. However, what is needed is more attention and accountability directed toward institutions and the roles they play in enabling outcome disparities that exist and persist. This session will focus on effective teaching and learning practices that can be employed by college faculty to better serve men of color. Specifically, strategies that can be enacted by faculty members to build rapport and authentic relationships with students and to engage students in course content will be presented and discussed. All of the strategies proposed herein will be aligned with the concept of institutional responsibility, in that institutions and educators, rather than students, will be the focus of intervention.

Anticipated Learning Outcomes:

·     Discuss trends and issues in classroom contexts that warrant an intentional focus on culturally relevant teaching and learning practices for men of color

·     Highlight the important role that classroom faculty play in facilitating student success for men of color

·     Propose strategies that classroom faculty can employ to foster student success for men of color from an equity-minded perspective


J.  Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Wood serves as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership. Dr. Wood is also Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center.  Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on community colleges. In particular, his research examines contributors (e.g., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes. Dr. Wood has delivered over a 120 scholarly professional and conference presentations. His research has been featured by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and C-SPAN. Dr. Wood has authored over 120 publications, including more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has authored and edited 14 books, his most recent books include: Supporting men of color in the community college (2017, Wood and Harris III), Teaching boys and young men of color (2016, Wood and Harris III) and Teaching men of color in the community college (2015, Wood, Harris III, and White). Wood received his PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Higher Education) and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education) from Arizona State University (ASU). He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership (Student Affairs) and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento. Luke is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

 Frank Harris III, Ed.D. is Professor of Postsecondary Education in the College of Education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development and success in postsecondary education. With more than 50 scholarly publications to his credit, Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice. He has also delivered more than 300 academic and professional presentations throughout his career. His commentary has been sought by several high-profile media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, to name a few.

Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. He also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge, and a doctorate in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

For a list of selected works by Frank Harris III, visit http://works.bepress.com/fharris/




Ventura College ASC 150