The Male Enrollment and Graduation Alliance (MEGA) at Montclair State University sponsored its inaugural conference on last Friday, bringing scholars and practitioners together to explore best practices for young men of color.
The day-long symposium titled, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” received support from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn, well-known author and professor of Higher Education at Illinois State University.
“Thought leaders and high school scholars left the symposium invigorated and informed,” said Dr. Daniel Jean, Assistant Provost for Special Programs at Montclair State University. “Moving forward MEGA will continue to lead the critical work of improving, exploring and sharing best practices for Black and Latino males.”
Strayhorn praised Montclair State University on the success of the MEGA Summit, adding that the convening was a "clarion call about the urgent need to focus on minority men’s sense of belonging in education," he said.
"Belonging is not a luxury or perk of the privileged few, it is a fundamental need that all individuals deserve," said Strayhorn. "Through intentional action, policy reform, programmatic innovation, and equity-minded leadership, we can champion diversity and cultivate an environment where minority males feel supported and included. Let us strive towards creating conditions that foster a true sense of belonging, where every individual feels valued and empowered to succeed."