Shaun Harper Speaks at SOLES

Succeeding in the City: Black and Latino Male Achievers and their Pathways from Urban High Schools through College

On October 10, 2013, Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a powerful talk focusing on his recently completed qualitative study of 415 Black and Latino males from 40 New York City public high schools. Nearly 200 people attended this speaker event, which included students, faculty, higher education and K-12 administrators, and community members from USD, UCSD, San Diego State University, and High Tech High. Also, we were pleased to host an educational group from Tijuana, Mexico.


Dr. Harper believes the underachievement and negative stereotypes of boys and men of color has created the normalization of society having low expectation for this population. Instead, he has changed the narrative about young men of color by paying
attention young men of color's success. Dr. Harper presented key findings from his study and a number of the findings are inexpensive practices that K-12 administrators and school counselors can implement to change the school culture to a college going environment.

This event was a huge success in part to the generous co-sponsorships we received from the SOLES Dean's Office, Student Affairs Division, Department of Learning and Teaching, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, and Undergraduate Admissions.

You may watch a video recording of Dr. Harper's talk or download Dr. Harper's NYC study report.




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