Release Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Second annual Black Male Retention and Success conference at HFC

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/18/2020
Henry Ford College main campus
Dr. Kalvin Harvell, right, with members of the Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group at last year's conference.
The Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group will host the Black Male Retention and Success conference at HFC on April 18, 2020.

HFC's Black Male & QUEENS Focus Group will host its 2nd Annual Black Male Retention and Success Conference on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the ASCC (Bldg. L). We expect attendees from across the midwestern region to attend and discuss the important intersectional issues relating to the retention and success of Black students.

Conference registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

Declaration of Sacred Space and Libations will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Last year’s conference hosted 186 attendees, representing six states.

Register to attend the 2020 conference

For more information, contact Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell at 313-317-1533 or

Call for Papers and Presentations: Due January 31, 2020

Anyone wishing to present at the conference is invited to submit a proposal. The call for papers and presentations is available here.

Executive summary:

The main purpose of the upcoming conference will be to build upon the statewide conversations and network that began at last year’s inaugural convening. Indeed, the spirit of our first conference combined a distinguished group of scholar-activists dedicated to the creation of sustainable programs that are designed to positively impact the college experience, retention, and graduation rates of Black male students. Based on our understanding of the complexity of college retention rates, specifically among Black male students, we purposely view that best practices for increasing retention and graduation are ideologically connected. Yet, we require uniquely separate praxis contingents regarding the organizational culture of the institution and cultural knowledge assets that each student brings to a campus. Thus, the goals for the 2nd annual conference are to continue to interrogate the challenges that impede both the retention and success of Black male college students. The objective is to strive for articulation, development, and implementation of meaningful strategies and deliberate sustainable programs to address the challenges. The strategies and program solutions derived from this year’s conference may be applicable to other student retention processes. The 2020 conference is designed for students and practitioners alike, because specific plenary sessions will address the needs of members of both groups.