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College: An impossible dream for Black males?

caines | 9/6/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Univ. of Miami tries fresh approach

Robert Moore, 68, is the director of the Office of Academic Enhancement at the University of Miami and has been at the college for 38 years. When I look at our numbers in elementary and secondary schools, I see a lack of mentoring a lack of encouragement of our kids to pursue academic careers, he said. I see a disproportionate number of Black males being referred to and represented in special education. And there are too few Black male teachers to provide needed role models to children at young ages. Black faculty and administrators are in short supply even here at the University of Miami. But we meet regularly and are committed to identifying initiatives that will benefit all of our students. Moore says that UMs new vice provost for academic affairs and diversity, Dr. Brian Blake, 40, has the abilities to lead recruitment and retention efforts that will help Black students, especially males, succeed at the University. Many Black students and other minorities are first-generation college, Blake said. They dont have that deep knowledge they cant call on parents who have already traveled the same road. Our task is to provide resources that make up for their lack of knowledge and experience. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com