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Male Students of Color Summit

Male Students of Color Summit

Supporting Completion and Goal Attainment

MMSOC Summit, 2022 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

Friday, October 21
IN-PERSON EVENT: BE Conference Center & Globe Hall, Germantown Campus

The Supporting Completion and Goal Attainment for Maryland Male Students of Color Summit focused on topics and activities designed to educate, equip, and enlighten Maryland community colleges' male students of color to effectively increase college and career success.


Roland Martin
Keynote Speaker:  Roland Martin

Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has interviewed multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood. He is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. He is an author and contributing author of many books, particularly Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism by Julianne Malveaux; Faivish Pewzner New York and Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles.
He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. In 2012, Jet Readers voted him “King of the Hill” on issues of concern to African Americans, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile. named him as the number one Black pundit in the country; and he has been named several times to The Root 100, their annual list of influential African Americans.

Will Jawando
Author: Will Jawando
Book discussion: ‘My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole’ with Author Will Jawando.
Will Jawando is an author, attorney, an activist, a community leader, and a councilmember in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Called “the progressive leader we need” by the late congressman John Lewis, Jawando has worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, and President Barack Obama.  His writing has appeared in The Washington Post and The Root and on, and his work has been featured in The New York Times and New York magazine and on NPR, NBC News,  and MTV. He regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets.

Plans and Logistics

For more information and general questions about the summit, contact:
Dr. Carmen Poston Travis by email or by phone:  240-567-5253.



  • Summit Kickoff - Online Evening Mixer!
    7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
    Welcome/Remarks, Activities, Announcements, Prizes
    Students and Faculty/Staff


  • Check-in
    8:30 a.m.9 a.m. (Continental Breakfast)

  • Student Concurrent Workshops
    99:55 a.m. | 10 –10:55 a.m. | 11–11:55 a.m.

    • Career Readiness: Resume Building – Telling Your Story
      Presented by Beth E. Reilly, Montgomery College
      Learn how to use your experiences with activities, teams, clubs, volunteer, and classroom projects to help create your resume for internships and post-graduation careers.

    • For High Valued Men only, Investing in your Mental Wellness
      Presented by Lawrence Jones, Achieve It Counselling and Consulting and O’Brien Wimbish, Over and Beyond Holistic Therapy 
      Discover how investing in self-care NOW will guarantee you will be the man that everyone desires in the next 4 years, including yourself. Two areas of investment: Visualization and Relational Integrity. 

    • Financial Literacy: Who Wants to be a Millionaire
      Presented by Alonzo Cockrell, Cockrell Business Consulting, LLC
      Learn how money works and the miracle of compounding. And, learn money tips that the Rich teach their Kids.

    • Maryland Males of Color Think Tank ’23: College VS Grade 13
      Presented by Dr. Darius M. Cureton, Anne Arundel Community College and Shawn Lamb, Howard Community College
      Inspired by MC Presidential Scholar, Thaddeus Gross, interested in creating a think tank for male students of color, this is an open forum on what you think you know about college, yourself, and being or becoming a community leader. 

    • My Voice Is Power - Finding Your Way in Social Activism
      Presented by Ramon De La Cruz, Montgomery College
      What is a voice?  Is it what you say or is it what you do?  Is it how you talk, how you walk, or how you balance it all?  Let's chop it up together and find how, when, and where to be most effective with social activism and your voice through the lenses of your lived and/or observed experiences relative to social justice and/or systemic racism.

    • Who Are You: A Self-Awareness Journey Toward Self Mastery
      Presented by Dr. Raymond Shorter, Montgomery College
      Focus on identity, self-awesome, and legacy building. And, understand why it's important to know thy-self so they can master thy-self.

  • Faculty/Staff Forums
    99:55 a.m. | 10 –10:55 a.m. | 11–11:55 a.m.

    • Understanding Career Readiness: An Essential Component of Student Post-Degree Completion Success
      Presented by Dr. Zenobia Garrison, Montgomery College
      Workforce preparation for students is not only critically important for attaining economic efficiency (NACE, 2022), but also integral to successful entry into the workplace. Learn career competencies associated with career readiness as defined by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers). And, gain insights into co-curricular applications of these competencies and best practices for implementing career readiness programming and initiatives.  

    • The Sixth Sense of Six Stories: Using Empathy and Sharing Stories to Connect with African American Males in Community Colleges
      Presented by Dr. Brandon Wallace, Montgomery College 
      Experience and participate in an interactive session through narration and storytelling, primarily based on the presenter’s most recently published dissertation findings. Be ready to talk. Be ready to learn. Be ready to change how you engage with African American males within community college spaces.

    • Critical Mentoring – Critical Leadership
      Presented by Daon McLarin Johnson, Mentor Maryland / DC
      Academy professors, practitioners, and professionals who work with black and brown students do so within a culture systemically charged with racism, sexism, saviourism, colonialism, paternalism, exclusivism, classism, and elitism. These “isms” are inextricably woven into the fabric of our legal, economic, religious, and even educational institutions. As educators, we have an obligation to identify the “isms” and mentor the next generation of leaders to personal and professional success.  Participate in a discussion of Critical Race Theory, Strength-Based Leadership Theory, and Elements of Effective Practice in mentoring and providing practical ways to mentor next-level leaders.


  • Lunch – Book Discussion, Q & A
    Noon–12:50 p.m.
    Will Jawando, Author
    My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist's Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole

  • Keynote Speaker Address and Q&A
    1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
    Roland Martin, Keynote Speaker

  • Student Panel – Facilitated by Daon Johnson, Mentoring Network MD|DC
    2:30–3:30 p.m.
    • State of Mind: The Mental Health Crisis
    • State of Preparation: Career & College Readiness
    • State of Equity: Social Justiceand Systemic Racism

  • Wrap-Up and Adjourn
    3:30–4 p.m.

There is no open call for proposals.

For more information and general questions about the Summit, contact Dr. Carmen Poston Travis by emailnew window or by phone: 240-567-5253.

Allegany College
Ashley Dively
Erin Yokum

Anne Arundel Community College 
Darius Cureton

Carroll Community College
John Gay

Cecil College
Mayra Castillo

Chesapeake College
Dana Bowser

Community College of Baltimore County
Jeffrey Wright

Community College of Southern MD
Tim Fenner

Frederick Community College
Blake Williams
Micah Forrest

Garrett College
Brandon Jackson

Hagerstown Community College
Bassell Franks
Christine Ohl-Gigiliotti

Harford Community College
Kelvin Harrison

Howard Community College
Shawn Lamb
Terrell Bratcher
Sandy Cos

Montgomery College
Carmen Poston Travis
George Rice, III
Brandon Wallace

Prince George's Community College
Brian Hamlin
Rahshad Bryant

Wor-Wic Community College
Camesha Handy

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Full Day: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (includes breakfast/lunch)
Half Day: 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

  • Student: Full Day Summit ($50.00) 
  • Faculty/Staff: Full-Day Summit ($75.00) 
  • Faculty/Staff:  Half-Day Summit ($35.00)