African American Male Students Analysis

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LEADING THE WAY: Inside the Experiences of High-Achieving African American Male Students More than two-thirds of all African American males who begin college never finish.This and a legion of other discouraging facts about African American males are the usual headlines. But what about those among this population who beat the odds, make the most of college, and achieve in multiple ways inside and outside of the classroom? Who are they, and what can they teach us? BY SHAUN R. HARPER C ULLEN AND KEELY are two recent college graduates who attended different universities but made similar choices regarding the allocation of their out-ofclass time and consequently came to enjoy Affairs; a new student orientation leader;…show more content…
Moreover, being elected to coveted and high-profile leadership positions, earning good grades, and becoming their institutions’ ideal student also enabled the high achievers to debunk stereotypes that faculty and administrators may have held about African American men, which was another factor that inspired them to maximize their engagement outside of the classroom. They also wanted to ensure that the African American perspective was represented and that the voices of racial and ethnic minority communities were heard in mainstream student organizations and on major campus committees. Keely commented: “When I sit around a table in a meeting with the board of trustees or a student leadership group, it’s a very white room. It is my hope that I, as well as some of the other African American men that you’re interviewing here, have gotten into the minds of administrators that this campus needs to be a lot more diverse. If we weren’t seated around those tables, who’d advocate for our needs?” The high achievers also wanted to leave their mark on their respective campuses. Many talked about leaving perpetual legacies behind and being involved in programs that would have a long-lasting impact on their institution.They saw active involvement as a way to distinguish themselves from other students who would someday become alumni. None were satisfied with the idea of simply graduating and leaving…show more content…
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