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Empowering Men of Color on Campus: Building Student Community in Higher Education (The American Campus) (Hardcover)

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While recruitment efforts toward men of color have increased at many colleges and universities, their retention and graduation rates still lag behind those of their white peers. Men of color, particularly black and Latino men, face a number of unique challenges in their educational careers that often impact their presence on campus and inhibit their collegiate success. Empowering Men of Color on Campus examines how men of color negotiate college through their engagement in Brothers for United Success (B4US), an institutionally-based male-centered program at a Hispanic Serving Institution. Derrick R. Brooms, Jelisa Clark, and Matthew Smith introduce the concept of educational agency, which is harbored in cultural wealth and demonstrates how ongoing B4US engagement empowers the men’s efforts and abilities to persist in college. They found that the cultural wealth(s) of the community enhanced the students’ educational agency, which bolstered their academic aspirations, academic and social engagement, and personal development. The authors demonstrate how educational agency and cultural wealth can be developed and refined given salient and meaningful immersions, experiences, engagements, and communal connections. 

About the Author

DERRICK R. BROOMS is an associate professor of sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences.

JELISA CLARK is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

MATTHEW SMITH is a doctoral student in the School of Educational Studies program at Claremont Graduate University in California. He is also the director of Educational Partnerships at California State University Dominquez Hills.

Praise For…

"Positioning Ourselves to Support College Success for Males of Color" by Derrick R. Brooms

— Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"?Selected New Books on Higher Education: How to Ease the Way for Transgender and First-Generation Students" by Ruth Hammond mention
— Chronicle of Higher Education

Empowering Men of Color on Campus goes beyond the normal focus on the problems and challenges facing Black and Latino men and instead highlights the resilience and assets that allow them to succeed. The beauty of this volume is that the message of empowerment is one that emanates from the voices of men of color themselves, thereby elevating their perspectives. This anti-deficit work represents a fresh and essential perspective that is necessary for truly empowering our men of color. This book is a must-read for every practitioner, policymaker, and advocate who seeks to improve the success of Black and Latino college men.”
— J. Luke Wood

Empowering Men of Color on Campus is an absolute must-read primer. Grounded in critical race theory and driven by student counter-narratives, this impressive text provides a much-needed glimpse into the ways in which Black and Latino males use personal, university and community assets to successfully engage and navigate higher education.”
— Horace R. Hall, PhD

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813594767
ISBN-10: 0813594766
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 7th, 2018
Pages: 184
Language: English
Series: The American Campus