The Boys and Men of Color summit hosted more than 100 young men
in Freeborn hall to gather the power of the community and take
action on issues such as school discipline policies, neighborhood
safety, and health disparities. The summit featured empowering
educational workshops on male identity, ethnic history, higher
education and much more.
Across the state, nearly one of every five African American
students and one in 14 Latino students were suspended at least
once in 2009-10, compared with one in 17 white students. This
statistic reflects one of the many deeply rooted inequities that
face boys and men of color.
Going forward, the lessons learned at the summit will serve as a
catalyst to create long-term actions, such as neighborhood
gatherings, assembly hearings, youth programs, with the goal to
turn the participants into advocates within their communities.
The Summit was hosted in partnership by the Center for Community
School Partnerships in the UC Davis School of Education,
University of California, Davis, The California Endowment,
Sacramento Building Healthy Communities, Sacramento Unified
School District, Center for Fathers and Families, Root Causes, La
Familia Counseling Center, Inc., Senator Darrell Steinberg,
Assemblymember Roger Dickerson & Always Knocking Inc., Early
Academic Outreach Program, The Black Parallel School Board, LRG
Outreach, and the Sierra Health Foundation.
Fong Tran, Program Coordinator, Center for Community School
Partnerships, UC Davis School of Education, (530) 752-3754
bel Reyes, Community Schools Program Director, Center for
Community School Partnerships, UC Davis School of Education,