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Save the Date! Black Student-Athlete Summit Begins Jan. 4


Athletes, educators, leaders in the African American community and executives from professional athletics will come together at the third annual Black Student-Athlete Summit to lead discussions on issues facing Black athletes on college campuses. This year’s theme is “The Black Student-Athlete in the Age of Black Lives Matter.”

The three-day summit,  hosted by the African American Male Research Initiative, will take place on Jan. 4-6 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Registration is required for professionals and graduate students. Free and open to all high school students, college undergraduates and the media.

Topics include: addressing the athletes’ mental health needs; inclusion, exclusion and exploitation; the academic “mismatch” theory; and media portrayals of African American football players. Go here for a full schedule. Keynote speakers include:

  • Arthur Johnson, executive senior associate athletic director, UT Austin
  • Peniel Joseph, professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin
  • Felicia Martin, associate athletic director for academic services, Texas Tech University
  • Martin Smith, assistant professor of education, Duke University
  • Jamil Northcutt, director of football administration, NFL
  • Joe Branch, managing director of basketball, Roc Nation Sports
  • Roger Montgomery, sports agent, Roc Nation Sports
  • Andrew Williams, commissioner of the Big Sky Conference

Follow the online conversation via #BlackStudentAthlete. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit this website.