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Black and Latino Men Facing Evolving Challenges
to their


The NEW DANGER is us?  We are not an endangered species: nor are we dangerous.  We are Black and Latino male students attending CHAS member institutions, who have moved beyond surviving to thriving.  We reject stereotypes that question our excellence and we proclaim ourselves as emerging scholars and leaders of an ever-changing world.  We accept the call to “uplift” our communities through proactive engagement, and unconditional support of our brothers and sisters.  The very real and NEW DANGER derives from our unwavering commitment to being (becoming) a transformative force upon the world stage.  As Black and Latino men, the future is ours:  The NEW DANGER is us . . .  in greater numbers as scholars and great influence as leaders!

 In conjunction with CHAS, the Black and Latino men of ABLLE (Achieving Black and Latin Leaders of Excellence) at Swarthmore College invite you to join them for a weekend of discussion, skill-building, networking, and social activities.

 Working Group on the Retention, Success, and Satisfaction of African American and Latino Male College Students


 Friday, November 9, 2007


2:00 – 6:00 p.m.           Check-In at Parrish Parlors, Parrish Hall

6:00  - 7:00 p.m.          Conference Registration, Parrish Parlors, Parrish Hall

7:00 – 7:50 p.m.           Welcoming Reception, Admissions Conference Room
                                      Parrish Hall, 2nd Floor:

                                     James Larimore, Dean of the College
                                     Darryl Smaw, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs
                                     Randall Keith Benjamin ’09,  ABLLE

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.         Rhythm and Blues Concern: Music of Gerald Veasly,
                                     Sherald Slaughter, & Erika Hawthorne

10:30 p.m.                   Social Events (TBA)


Saturday, November 10, 2007


7:30 – 9:00 a.m.          Breakfast
                                    Sharples Dining Hall

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.          Opening Remarks/Setting the Agenda:

                                     Rafael Zapata, Assistant Dean & Director, Intercultural Center
                                     Tim Sams, Assistant Dean & Director of Black Cultural Center
                                     Alumni (former student organizers) of past Black & Latino Male Conferences

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.         Keynote Speaker: Dr. Luis Ricardo Fraga

                                    Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Director, Diversity Research,
                                    Russell F. Stark University Professor, Professor, Department of Political Science
                                    University of Washington Seattle, Washington.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.       Break

 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Conversation Circles (Participants select one)
                                        Open to all (Students, faculty, and administrators)

                                    Circle I:  How to achieve excellence in scholarship, leadership, and community service.

                                    Circle II:  How to negotiate the culture of a college community, be academically successful,
                                                   and remain true to one’s culture/heritage.

12:30 – 1:50 p.m.         Lunch   Location:  Kohlberg Hall, Scheurer Room
                                    Luncheon Speaker (TBS)

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.           More Conversation Circles
                                    Circle Conversation III:
How to challenge and overcome thestereotypes and expectations
                                    that campus communities have of Black and Latino males – both in and outside of the classroom.
                                    [STUDENTS ONLY]

                                   Circle Conversation IV:  How to build and strength community between Black and Latino
                                   male students on campus.
                                   [STUDENTS ONLY]

                                   FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATOR DISCUSSION
 Faculty/Administrator Workshop
                                    Facilitator: TBA

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.           Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.          Taking It with You: Action Plan Development Campus Teams will meet to discuss
                                     and design an action plan to implement on campus.      

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.           Plenary Session/Reports from Campus Teams

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.           Dinner Upper Tarble
                                    Speaker/Performer: Willie Perdomo, Poet, Spoken Word Artist

8:00 – 10:00p.m.          “Beats and Rhymes" – Movie and Panel Discussion
                                    Rafael Zapata, Moderator

10:00 p.m.                    Campus Activities/Events – TBD

Sunday, November 11, 2007


9:00 – 11:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.       CHAS Students Brunch and Networking Meeting
Students meet to discuss various topics including the
                                    CHAS Students Network Conference.

11:00 – 12Noon           ABLLE Information Session

 12:Noon                    Conference Ends – Departures.



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