Faculty and staff are invited to take part in Illinois State University’s Black and Latino Male Summit on Sunday, April 27. The all-day conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bone Student Center.

The annual summit provides a forum to support and equip men of African American and Latin descent with the tools necessary to thrive in society.  The goals of the summit are to raise awareness, create a sense of camaraderie, discuss issues pertinent to both cultures and cultivate opportunities to build coalitions.

The Black and Latino Male Summit is co-sponsored by Diversity Advocacy and the Black and Latino Male Movement (The Movement), a registered student organization created as a result of the 2013 Black and Latino Male Summit.  The theme of this year’s event is Meeting of the M.I.2 N.D.S. (Masculinity, Intellect/ Involvement, Networking, Diversity, Service).

What it means to be a man and the role of men in society will be a major focus of this year’s summit, along with an examination of education, community involvement and networking.

“Oftentimes students hear that networking is crucial in building relationships and preparing for the workforce, but many students aren’t sure what that means, and how to foster a professional relationship,” said Diversity Advocacy’s Ashley Taylor. “The summit will also address diversity, focusing on what it means to be a male from an underrepresented, ethnic group and how that plays out in society, and on the importance of giving back to the community through service.”

A call for programs for the Black and Latino Male Summit is open until March 14.  Participant registration information is available on the Dean of Students website. Registration will close April 11.  For additional information, contact Diversity Advocacy at 438-8968.