The Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture will be presented by Joe Lott, associate professor at the University of Washington College of Education.

Higher education is supposed to be a ticket to success, a way to open doors to economic opportunity and upward mobility. Many graduates experience it as just that. Black and Brown males, on the other hand, disproportionately experience higher education as isolating and marginalizing. Their low enrollment rates contribute to their sense of invisibility, and their low graduation rates stunt their ability to fully proper in a variety of ways. But what if Black and Brown men were able to participate in a community of respect, unity and shared commitment? What if they were trained to become civically engaged scholars?  What would their college experiences be like, what would that mean for them after graduation, what might it mean for society?  This lecture will investigate some of those questions and pose some tentative answers.

Due to the large amount of RSVPs, the lecture hall has reached its attendance capacity. However, if you have not already registered and would like to attend, walk-up guests may be accommodated at the event if space allows. Questions? Contact

Lott studies racial identity development and civic engagement among Black students in college, the impact of college experiences on civic and political dispositions, and how to change the college-going culture through parent-school-community partnerships. Dr. Lott is the faculty director for the Brotherhood Initiative, a collaborative partnership among the College of Education, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Life focused on empowering undergraduate males of color to thrive on campus and graduate prepared for a lifetime of leadership, service and success. He also serves as the director for the Leadership in Higher Education master’s program in the College of Education.

April 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Kane Hall 220
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