CHAS Black & Latino Male Conference 2013

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P1080843P1080862Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17

Bates is a charter member of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS). We continue to send a group of Black & Latino male students to their annual conference as a means of engendering a sense of community within this cohort. There are issues that are particular to their experience, which the CHAS Conference allows them to explore through connecting with students like them at other liberal arts institutions.

During the conference, we attended one of three workshops addressing a different aspect of identity. After lunch and a keynote speaker, there was a second workshop for the entire cohort, which was followed by each school having the opportunity to develop an action plan to bring back to their institution. The evening was capped with dinner and another keynote speaker, and a social function for students sponsored by the host school’s student body.

One of the big aims of the conference is for the students to bond with each other, and build relationships that last past the weekend and beyond the end of their college careers. This year’s delegation, comprised of two seniors, two juniors, a sophomore, and four first-years, did just that by connecting with the delegation from Colby College, and agreeing to foster a continued relationship by collaborating on a Men of Color Conference for Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby; to take place some time during the winter semester.

To see additional photos from this event

click here: CHAS Black & Latino Male Conference 2013 Photos

For additional information about this event, please contact:

Benjamin Hughes ’12, Program & Office Coordinator, Office of Intercultural Education (bhughes@bates.edu)