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Urban Education & Black Male Achievement

Overview

The Urban Education and Black Male Achievement Think Tank (UEBMA) falls under the umbrella of the Scholar Identity Institute/Achievement Gap Consortium; the think tank conducts research on the multi-dimensions of K-20 students of color achievement, with a primary focus on Black males. National and local research data from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Educational Testing Services (ETS), The Schott Foundation, and numerous other data collecting and testing sources report that Black males from all social and economic strata and geographical locations are falling woefully short academically; at all levels of education, Black male’s academic achievement lags behind that of their contemporaries. The reasons for the educational achievement gaps are numerous. -The UEBMA Think Tank explores all correlated achievement gap factors. The UEBMA Think Tank works collaboratively with local schools and organizations, nationally with others invested in the plight of Black males, and with international networks as it researches lower educational attainment as it correlates with low expectations, negative stereotyping, lack of opportunities, stress, and social isolation, health care systems, the prison industrial complex, broken families, etc.

Current Scholar Identity Institute/UEBMA Think Tank Activities, Sponsorships, Collaborations, and Initiatives

  • Men of Color National Summit. Closing the Achievement Gap for African-American and Hispanic Males. Clemson University, TD Center Greenville, South CarolinaApril 27-28, 2017 
  • International Colloquium on Black Males in Education Hamilton, Bermuda. October 4-7, 2016
  • Beyond Plight: Defining Pathways to Optimal Development for Black Male and Boys Across the Life Course
  • Annual Summer Scholar Identity Institute at Vanderbilt University (for middle school students) Scholar Identity Institute
  • Annual Summer Achievement Gap Institute (for K-12 teachers, administrators, university and community researchers and scholars) Bridging the Achievement Gap


For more information on the Scholar Identity Institute/Achievement Gap Consortium as well as the think tank and its activities, please contact the Director: Professor Gilman W. Whiting (g.whiting@vanderbilt.edu).