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Symposium focused on recruitment, retention of African-American students
Terrell Strayhorn

JOHNSON CITY (March 15, 2017) – East Tennessee State University will host a regional symposium later this month that addresses the recruitment and retention of African-American students at institutions of higher education.

The Student Success Symposium, hosted by ETSU’s Division of Student Affairs, will take place Friday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the D.P. Culp University Center on the ETSU campus.

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, an associate professor of higher education at The Ohio State University, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education including student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development. His research has particular accent on issues of race, class and gender and the experiences of racial/ethnic minorities, college men, economically disadvantaged individuals and other marginalized groups in education.

Following Strayhorn’s talk, breakout sessions will be offered on a variety of topics, created from proposals from ETSU faculty and staff, as well as representatives of other regional institutions. Representatives from the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, Pellissippi State, as well as ETSU will be among the presenters.

The event, which will feature a professional track as well as a student track, will conclude with a networking opportunity in which participants can share best practices and learn from each other. It will also feature a lunch panel of African-American students to foster a discussion of their undergraduate experiences.

Dr. Brenda White-Wright, a motivational speaker, storyteller and diversity consultant with more than four decades of experience, will facilitate the lunch panel and ending session.

“We have invited about 26 institutions so far,” said Don Armstrong, director of Student Publications and one of the lead organizers of the event. “The whole idea is that it is going to help all of our institutions meet their goals or set new goals related to the recruitment and retention of African-American students.”

The symposium is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Cost is $20 for those who register by March 24. From March 25-30, the registration fee is $30. To register and for more information, visit www.etsu.edu/s3.  Walk-up registration on the day of the event is $40. Lunch is included with the registration fee.

For more information, contact Armstrong at 423-439-6170 or . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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