Are & Be: Fostering Student Success On Campus and Off, Sat., Oct. 27

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
September 25, 2018

Headshots of speakers for the Are & Be SymposiumSeattle University hosts Are & Be: Fostering Student Success On Campus and Off on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seattle University School of Law. The symposium is designed for male students of African and Caribbean descent as a forum for discussing freely their unique experiences and the challenges of navigating the world as men of color and to gain information about how to be successful both on- and off-campus.

The event is open only to Seattle University and Seattle Central College students. Valid student ID is required at check in.  Online registration for the free event is requested. The day starts with continental breakfast.

“I am organizing this event because students of color, particularly African American male students, have voiced their concerns over feeling disconnected from the university community,” says Dr. Kimberly Harden, Professor, Communication Studies, Seattle University. “If Seattle University is to truly live up to its mission of educating the whole person, it is imperative that we understand and know the whole of each student, especially those who struggle to find a voice on campus.”

During the Are & Be Symposium, participants will explore gendered racism and its effects on student development and retention, the unique experiences and challenges of navigating the world as men of color, and the importance of connection in order to find tangible solutions to increase student development and retention of at-risk student populations.

Speakers include:

  • Kimberly Harden, EdD, Professor, Communication Studies, Seattle University
  • Tai Moore, JD, MBA, Professor, Paralegal Studies, Portland Community College
  • Victor Evans, PhD, Professor, Communication, Seattle University
  • Keith Dempsey, PhD, Professor, Psychology, George Fox University
  • Jimmy McCarty, PhD, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Seattle University
  • Almetta Pitts, MSW, Founder and CEO, Attemla Consulting
  • Stephan Thomas, JD, Director, Community Justice Initiatives, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Tyrone Brown, MFA, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Seattle University
  • Joelle Pretty, EdD, Director, Pre-major Studies and Student Academic Persistence, Seattle University
  • Barry Willis, Director, HR Diversity and Inclusion, Costco Wholesale
  • Michelle Harper Kowalczyk, Assistant Director, Center for Student Involvement, Seattle University
  • And many more

Dr. Harden was recently feature in the Seattle Times article, Seattle-area women of color share how they navigate the workplace, written by her Seattle U colleague, Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Lecturer, Communication.