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  • Retention & Success of Students of Color in Higher Education
    Friday, February 28, 2020

    SUNY Erie Community College requests your support to attend a one-day conference, "Retention & Success of Students of Color in Higher Education," which will occur on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the SUNY Erie City Campus in Buffalo, New York 14203. The keynote speaker for this event is national columnist, author, and journalist Roland S. Martin

    This conference will bring together various stakeholders including students, educators, college officials, politicians, community activists, and religious leaders to discuss the challenges students of color in higher education are facing that affect their retention and graduation. It is critical to create a network of support to learn and share strategies and best practices that promote the success of students of color in higher education.

    Attendees will learn about the changing U.S. demographics and the latest strategies for enhancing the academic success of students of color students through mentoring, involvement, civic engagement while preparing this underserved population for success in life.

    Persistence, retention, and completion of a college degree are essential for the success of students of color. Completion of a post-secondary credential will impact generations of students of color to come and will strengthen families and communities. 

    Conference Themes in Serving Students of Color

    ▸ Best practices in the retention of underserved and or disadvantaged students
    ▸ Best practices in the retention of men and women
    ▸ Best practices in leadership
    ▸ Best practices in support services for K–12 to post-secondary institutions
    ▸ Best practices in mentoring and its effects on student achievement
    ▸ Best strategies for increasing persistence and retention rates, which lead to graduation
    ▸ Best practices for school engagement and belongingness and their impact on student success
    ▸ Best practices in family, religion, and politics and their impact on student achievement
    ▸ Best practices in developing a social and community engagement mindset for student success 

    Registration and Sponsorship - Thank you to our sponsors!

    Proceeds from the conference will help to fund the education of students who are ineligible for other grants and scholarships.

    Conference Fees:
    $150 College Student w/ID
    $180 Professional/Community Member
    All conference materials, a continental breakfast, full lunch and snacks are included. 

    Register online or by mail/fax.

    Interested in sponsorship packages? View our sponsorship opportunities online or download the PDF version.

  • Hotel Reservations

    Hotel Reservations for the “Retention and Success for Students of Color Conference” are at The Buffalo Grand Hotel (formally The Adams Mark Hotel) located at 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. The hotel is a ten-minute walk to the SUNY Erie City Campus. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 716-845-5100. When making reservations, please mention the SUNY Erie Conference to receive the special reduced rate of $109 per night. This hotel rate is available on a first-come, first- served basis. Rooms are limited, so you are encouraged to reserve your room early to ensure that you receive the lower rate. A credit card is required to hold the reservation and parking, normally $15 per day will be discounted to $5 per day.

  • Conference Schedule

    Time Session Location
    7:00 - 8:00 Conference Check-In Lower Atrium Foyer
    8:00 - 8:50 Continental Breakfast with Roland Martin & Dignitaries Statler and Atrium rooms
    9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks - President Hocoy Post Auditorium (400)
    9:30 - 10:30 Kickoff Session
    Post Auditorium (400)
    10:45 - 11:30 Concurrent Session 1 Post Auditorium, Post 420
    11:45 - 12:30 Concurrent Session 2 Post Auditorium, Post 420
    12:30 - 1:15 Lunch Atrium A
    1:30 - 3:15 Keynote and Q&A Post Auditorium (400)
    3:30 - 5:30
    Autographs, pictures with Roland Martin & Networking Session
    Atrium B & C 
  • Roland S. Martin, National Keynote Speaker 

    Roland Martin

    Roland S. Martin, an impressive journalist, has interviewed multiple U.S. presidents, top athletes, and countless entertainers Roland has always maintained a clear sense of his calling.

    Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an African American perspective.

    Since 2008, Martin has been a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his twice-a-week segment is heard by millions of listeners on more than 100 stations.

    He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin. Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    Download Roland's Full Bio