Six students and two faculty members at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) were among attendees at the fourth International Colloquium on Black Males in Education held recently in Kingston, Jamaica. Creating Opportunity Through Education: Re-Engineering the Social Ecosystem for Black Males was the theme for the event.
With leadership from faculty members Dr. Karl Walker and Mr. Robin Ghosh, UAPB students Adrian Thompson, Jr., Javaughn Love, Tiffany Howell, Xavier Graves, Chirone Gamble, and Leonardo Vieira were presenters at a panel board discussion during the event. Their project proposal entitled, Mathematics Personal Learning Environments, Leveraging Social Media and Self-Regulated Learning, combines mathematics with the social media platform Twitter© to achieve a better overall learning environment for students. The project is specifically aimed at improving math scores for incoming freshmen. The overarching goal of this exploratory research project is to enhance learning outcomes for mathematics using socio-cultural cognition theory to teach incoming freshmen, first-generation, and minority college students how to develop personal learning environments (PLE), leverage social media tools, and use extended learning communities to enhance their mathematics knowledge.
At the conference, the students also had opportunities to attend the Graduate School Academy (GSA) which conducted workshops centered on relevant topics including: “Is Graduate School the Right Choice for Me?”; “The Graduate and Professional School Application Process”; “Choosing the Right Institution and Alternatives”; and a round table discussion “Exploring Sustainable Strategies for Black Males in Higher Education.”
The conference originated from Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, in collaboration with the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University. Overall, the Colloquium provided a forum for top educators, high-impact researchers, policy makers, funders, and students from universities across the Caribbean and throughout the world to share their knowledge and perspectives, as well as to learn from global research strategies that inform education policies and programs, according to conference materials.
The University of Wisconsin sponsored the event along with The Ohio State University, the University of West Indies–Mona, and other public and private sponsors. For more information on the event, visit http://www.globalcolloquium.org.