ALL ABOUT THE STUDENTS—Dr. Frank G. Pougue, the eighth president of Grambling State University encourages Pennsylvania educators. (Photos by Diane Daniels)

At a time when the President of the United States kicked off his initiative, My Brother’s Keepers, aiming to assist young Black males in getting ahead and reaching their full potential, educators from across the State of Pennsylvania were convening in Monroeville strategizing ways to help ensure that postsecondary educational needs and aspirations of African-Americans are being met.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Inc. during their 44th annual conference addressed such topics as; Embracing the Hip Hop Generation: Serving Students from High Concentration of Poverty in Urban Communities, Understanding and Marketing the Process of Effective Communications, Campus Violence, Who Why and Response, and African American Male Achievement: Campus Climate and Engagement. The theme of the conference was Campus Climate: Cultural Identity—Evolution or Digression?

Albert W. Jones, outgoing president of the organization, says throughout his 15-year affiliation he has seen an increase of students attending college. “During my presidency my goal has been pushing the agenda for young people to see the value of education and retention for those that are perusing higher education.”

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