Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 1.17.15 PMWinona State University will host “Walking Through the Forest in Higher Education: The Journey of African-American Males in K-12 and American Colleges and Universities” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Dining Rooms E, F, and G, Kryzsko Commons.

Keynote speaker Robert W. Simmons III is the director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Loyola University in Maryland, and an assistant professor of urban education in the School of Education with a joint appointment in the African and African-American Studies program. He is also a member of the nationally recognized social justice collaborative Edchange and a columnist for The Village Celebration.

Simmons III will discuss the perception that African-American males are “at-risk” or somehow limited in their intellectual abilities. Using his research on African-American males in elite private schools and universities, he will explore an emerging framework designed to ensure the success of African-American males in higher education. This solutions-based presentation is built on theoretical frameworks such as double consciousness (W.E.B DuBois), cultural flexibility (Prudence Carter), and communal notions of resilience theory (Robert Simmons and others).

This Professional Development Workshop is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by WSU Rochester, WSU Winona, WSU College of Education, Southeast Technical College and Target Corporation.

For more Information, contact Alexander Hines at 507 457-5595, email