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PRIDE to host fourth annual Men to Men Summit at HCC

The PRIDE of Halifax Male Mentoring Program will host the fourth annual Men to Men Summit at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC). “The Plight of African American Boys and Men: Am I my Brother’s Keeper?” is this year’s theme.

From 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 5, a session will be held on the topic, “How to Make the Valley Stronger.” This is free and open to the public and will focus on self-empowerment, the Roanoke Valley and other issues associated with the economy, politics, health care, and community uplift.

From 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Apr. 6, the Men to Men Summit will be held. There is no charge to attend for middle, high school and college students, school administrators and community organizations. There is a registration fee of $20 per person for representatives from other North Carolina Community College System minority male mentoring programs outside of HCC.

The summit is designed for young men and professionals. Concurrent sessions for students will address “Family Relationship, Health, Wellness and Spirituality,” “Defining What’s Cool and Why: How the Images You see in the Media Impact You,” and “Reclaiming the African American Male Image: A Discussion of a Clip “A War For Your Soul’.” For administrators and community organizations, the topic, “Institutional Responsibility in African American Male College Success: Reconnecting the Educational Pipeline and Creating Multiple Pathways to Educational Success” will be addressed.


In addition, there will be an HCC Faculty & Local Educators session held from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Apr. 6 in Building 100, Room 108. The session facilitator is Dr. Bruce Bridges who is a professor, lecturer, internationally-known scholar, and author of “Recapturing the African Mind,” “The Ghetto Mind,” and “The Roots of Geography.” Bridges’ presentation titled, “Implementing Cultural Diversity across the Curriculum,” is an interactive discussion that will focus on teaching/learning effectiveness, student/teacher interaction and adjustment, advantages of cultural diversity in the classroom, and examples of cultural diversity across the curriculum.


A talent competition and poetry contest will also be held during the summit.


Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Dana Scott at (252) 536-5464 or visit online, www.halifaxcc.edu and click the Men to Men Summit icon.