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Portion of Clemson University’s Men of Color National Summit moved to April; Women’s Roundtable, Virtual S.C. Summit still set for Nov.


Clemson University has rescheduled part of its Men of Color National Summit to April 21-22, 2022, from its previously scheduled date in November out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of K-12 student participants.

While the main event has been moved to April, portions of the Summit will continue at its previously announced date. The inaugural Women’s Roundtable will remain on November 3, 2021 and will take place at the Greenville Convention Center. The planned group of 350 participating in the Women’s Roundtable are being moved to a larger venue to support optimal physical distancing and additional COVID safety precautions.

The Women’s Roundtable features Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien (journalist and host of “Matter of Fact”), a panel of women STEM professionals, and various roundtable conversations regarding academic, career and personal achievement.

While Clemson University’s Division of Inclusion and Equity must wait until April to host its annual Men of Color National Summit, a separate event will serve to engage middle and high school students throughout the state of South Carolina this fall. The Virtual Summit brings together middle and high school students and their parents and will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Centered around creating pathways to higher education for African American and Hispanic high school young men, especially the cohort of 400 Upstate, South Carolina high school students participating in Clemson’s college access and readiness program, Tiger Alliance, the Summit themes focus on career and professional development; entrepreneurship; masculinity and personal identity; retention rates, graduation and student achievement; and social and community engagement.

During its newly scheduled date of April 21-22, 2022, the Men of Color National Summit will host dynamic keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions and facilitates life-changing relationships and networking opportunities. Last year’s Summit brought together more than 2,100 high school and college students, school administrators, educators, as well as business and community leaders from around the country.