El Camino College to Host “Men of Color Leadership Conference”
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El Camino College to Host “Men of Color Leadership Conference”

A student conference geared toward men of color will offer community college students and employees a day of academic, personal, and professional development. The second annual “Men of Color Leadership Conference” is set for 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in El Camino College’s East Dining Room and is free for all California Community College students, staff, and faculty. 

A collaborative project between El Camino College, Santa Monica College, Long Beach City College, Compton College, and Pasadena City College, the event’s theme, “A Holistic Approach to Healing Men of Color,” is designed to promote wellness, while giving attendees strategies for empowerment, ideas for positive social change, and an opportunity to network with other men of color.

“Dedicated teams from each college worked together to organize this conference as a way to support male students of color and offer opportunities for reflection, collaboration, and interaction,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “El Camino College is proud to be a partner and to host this year’s ‘Men of Color Leadership Conference’ on campus.”  

Event workshops focus on topics such as leadership, financial and spiritual wellness, managing relationships, and building mentorships and networking opportunities. Keynote speakers are El Camino College counselor, professor and author Yamonte Cooper, and Brad Elliott Stone, professor and director of the philosophy master’s program at Loyola Marymount University. Additional featured speakers include Manuel Diaz, assistant dean of students at Pomona College; Jose Gutierrez, counselor at Long Beach City College; Analu Kameeiamoku Cruze-Josephides, El Camino College reference services librarian; and Jonathan Ng, Pasadena City College professor and counselor.

A professional track will focus on leadership development, building mentor programs for men of color, and navigating the higher education system as an employee. 

El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance. Seating at the “Men of Color Leadership Conference” is limited to the first 250 attendees. For more information or to register for this event, view: bit.ly/menofcolorconference.

October 1, 2019