CWUNewsNews Founder & CEO Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe to Give Keynote at CWU, 07 Mar 2016 15:02:12<p>SAAB Founder and CEO, Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe will be giving his keynote speech in the SURC Theatre at 7pm on Thursday, April 28th.</p><p><img alt="" src="/b2b/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 250px; height: 167px; float: right; padding-left: 10px; padding-bottom: 20 px;"></p><p>Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe is an educator with more than 30 years of high quality postsecondary education experience. He is the founder and current CEO-President of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) Organization----a national organization with over 350 chapters in&nbsp;</p><p>36 states that endeavors to instill a “spirit of care” in, and enhance the experiences of African American and Latino males in our country. Before transitioning to his role with SAAB, Dr. Bledsoe served as Vice President for Student Life and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Toledo.</p><p>He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Mississippi State</p><p>University, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Bledsoe’s academic and professional prowess is underscored by his recognition as Outstanding Doctoral Student in the State of Georgia, along with his honor as Outstanding Doctoral Alumnus by the University of Georgia.</p><p>Dr. Bledsoe is a contributing author to the book African American Men in College, and his scholarly publications and contributions were further solidified through his appearances on several talk shows where he has discussed issues pertaining to African American and Latino males. Further, his expertise was requested by an international research team that addressed issues affecting men of color in London and male challenges in Germany. In 1999, he was invited to serve as guest lecturer at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute in Oxford, England to discuss his work with the latter. Dr. Bledsoe is highly recognized by several professional associations for his research, publications, presentations, and scholarly work. Because of his many contributions to Student Affairs in higher education, his membership with the American College Personnel</p><p>Association (ACPA) led to his being distinguished as a Diamond Honoree. The University System of</p><p>Georgia recently awarded him with the “Impact Award” for his contributions to the State of Georgia. His work was recently featured in the Harvard University Educational Review Journal and he profiled by Black Scholar and Professor, Dr. Boyce Watkins, as a bright and innovative leader committed to saving young males of color. His international work has earned him notoriety with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, which recently selected him as one of the most outstanding social innovators in the world. In 2014, he was invited by Bermuda College [of the island of Bermuda] to serve on their editorial journal board for the “Voices in Education”. Recently, he was nominated to the “CNN Heroes” Class of 2015 for his contributions to humankind and his impact as a world innovator.</p><p>Former President Bill Clinton invited him to participate in the “Clinton Global Initiative” (CGI-America) in Chicago (June 2011) to help shape discussions on how the U.S. could strengthen its workforce. President Clinton deemed Dr. Bledsoe’s voice critical to the conversation given his efforts to address the existing achievement gaps for minority students. Recently, he was invited by the White House to attend a National Summit on the Success of Black Males hosted by Secretary of Education (Arne Duncan) as a direct response to President Obama’s executive order for an initiative to address the success of African American Students. Recently, he was featured in the national newsletter of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and deemed a “National Treasure” by the Managing Director (Shawn Dove). Lumina Foundation for Education’s President</p><p>(Jamie Merisotis) recently celebrated him as an enduring and inspiring leader that’s helping America develop the future talent our country needs. The City of Detroit (Michigan) recently honored him with the “Spirit of Detroit Award” for the work in the city.</p><p>Dr. Bledsoe was born and raised in Grenada, Mississippi. He currently resides in Toledo, Ohio. He is a distinguished member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc and the past president of the Rotary Club of Reynolds Corners. The thousands who have heard him speak have deemed him one of the most gifted and dynamic motivational speakers in the country. He is very spiritual; thought-provoking as a charismatic leader and lecturer, but most importantly, he is the father to two sons:</p><p>29-year old Tyrone, Jr and 22-year old Exon (pronounced E-On)!</p><p>March 7, 2016</p>Central Washington University launches Male Success Initiative, 07 Mar 2016 15:01:34<p>(Ellensburg, Wash. — October 22, 2015) A concerted effort to make Central Washington University the destination of choice for male students of color has been met with widespread support for the Male Success Initiative (MSI), a new program that will host a number of events and activities designed to assist these students build skills necessary for success within and outside the classroom, and into the future.</p><p>Nationally, research shows that retention and graduation rates are significantly lower for students of color, and even more so for males. This initiative intends to address the issue from multiple perspectives.</p><p>"Our plan is to make a significant improvement in male students' satisfaction, academic performance, campus engagement, retention and graduation rates," said Dr. Keith Champagne, director of MSI.</p><p>Champagne collaborated with faculty partners Dr. Bobby Cummings, Dr. Gilberto Garcia, Dr. Raymond Hall and Dr. Alejandro Lee to develop MSI with qualitative and quantitative measures of program success. The group believes that research and evidence-based practices that promote academic excellence, as well as a supportive environment for male students of color, will be the ingredients for the program's long-term success.</p><p>Along with improving access, retention and graduation rates through academic resources, collaborations have been underway since last year to improve professional and social connections through peer support outside the classroom.</p><p>'Dr. Hall and I worked with students to bring a Brother 2 Brother chapter to Central Washington University last spring," said Champagne. "This will provide us a vehicle for engaging men of color in a positive and proactive manner outside of the classroom."</p><p>It also links Central students with like-minded men around the United States. Brother 2</p><p>Brother, or B2B, is part of a national organization called the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), which provides positive intervention, support and opportunity to promising young men of color. Founded by Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe in 1990, SAAB has 320 chapters in 34 states. Bledsoe visited the CWU campus in April 2015 to talk about the history and mission of the organization, and to lead a workshop with CWU students and advisers interested in establishing a B2B chapter.</p><p>CWU's chapter is the first established in the Pacific Northwest, and has seen a steady increase in membership since its inception. CWU student members and advisers recently attended SAAB's Western Regional Cluster Summit in Los Angeles, Calif., where</p><p>they had the opportunity to network with other chapters and SAAB leadership.</p><p>1. Create an academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among males of color</p><p>2. Create and maintain an environment and culture of excellence for all men of color, especially African American, Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian American, Native American and Latino males</p><p>3. Improve access, retention and graduation rates for men of color through academic support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities</p><p>4. Increase the numbers of men of color enrolling in graduate and professional schools</p><p><br>5. Focus on research that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and citizens of the importance of this issue in academe and on our campus</p><p>6. Work with faculty, administrators, staff, and colleges and academic departments to support men of color on campus inside and outside of the classroom</p><p>7. Work with K-12 schools, agencies, civic and business organizations in the Ellensburg, Yakima, and greater Seattle-Tacoma area to support men of color in achieving academic excellence</p><p>8. Make Central Washington University the destination for all men of color seeking a quality best-buy education and an environment that expects and supports academic excellence among all men of color attending the university</p><p>9. Establish a Student African American Brotherhood "Brother 2 Brother" chapter at Central Washington University</p><p>Collaborators and supporters include Campus Life, Africana and Black Studies, the<br>Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, President's Office, Office of Inclusivity and&nbsp;Diversity, Office of Public Affairs, Student Medical and Counseling Clinic, University Housing and New Student Programs, Office of Admissions, Office of Graduate Studies and Research, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, Intercollegiate&nbsp;Athletic Department, College of Arts and Humanities, and the College of Business' President's Leadership Initiative.</p></br></br>Stories and Lessons from Ferguson: Dr. Stefan Bradley to Speak at CWU, 09 Feb 2016 11:37:02<p>By: Forrest Hollingsworth<br><br>Dr. Stefan Bradley is coming home with something to say.<br><br>Bradley, Director of the African American Studies program and Associate Professor of History at Saint Louis University, will share his experiences with black student activism and academic achievement Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the CWU Wellington Event Center. His talk, “Freedom and Beyond: Activism, Access and Achievement in the Age of Ferguson” will be free and open to the public.<br><br>Born and raised in Yakima, Wash., A professor, speaker, author and mentor, Bradley has devoted his career to the study of black student activism and achievement at universities around the nation. His book on the topic, “Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s” won the 2010 Phillis Wheatley Award.&nbsp;<br><br>He feels that it is his, and other educators, responsibility to encourage and foster the growth and achievements of younger generations in the face of injustice.&nbsp;<br><br>“It would be sinful of me to let the older generation sacrifice themselves and for me to not pay that favor forward to the younger generation…it’s not good enough to be just a scholar. It’s not good enough to be just a teacher. There’s a responsibility. It’s the responsibility to let people know that we’re available,” Bradley said.<br><br>Bradley says his talk will focus on the actions of young protesters, organizers and students that he was inspired by during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the death of Michael Brown in March of 2014.&nbsp;<br><br>“It’s my opportunity to share with people in the audience what the uprising in Ferguson looked like at the ground level as a professor in the area,” Bradley said.&nbsp;<br><br>Bradley said he is excited to come to home, which he hasn’t done in awhile, and to speak with students about the things that were important to him growing up in the area and what those issues now look like on college campuses nationwide.&nbsp;<br><br>“I’ve been working hard to do all the things people said I could do growing up. When I left Washington State it was in my mind to make my city, my family, my community and my state proud. That was my goal,” Bradley said.&nbsp;<br><br>Bradley’s appearance at the university is a continuation of CWU’s Social Justice and Human<br>Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, aims to educate Central’s community and initiate discussions about race. He will be meeting with students before his talk to discuss the importance of student academic achievement, activism and involvement.<br><br>“I think bringing Bradley allows our students to see a major black scholar and achiever from their community talking about what affects them,” Dr. Keith Champagne, Associate Dean of Student Development and Success at Central said. “He’s someone they can imitate and emulate.”</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>