Rose State College to Host Third Annual Black Male Summit Published January 31, 2019 by Daniel Beck

group of students at black male summitRose State College is hosting the third annual Black Male Summit (BMS) on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 8 am in the Rose State College Professional Training Center. This year’s theme is “Reimagined” and features keynote speaker Derrick Sier, founder of One Mind One Spirit Teambuilding. The Black Male Summit helps young African American men have a safe environment where they can grow, be challenged and become empowered to succeed.  While the participants may come from different backgrounds, at the Black Male Summit they can all feel connected.

Keynote speaker Derrick Sier is a native of North Tulsa, with parents who inspired him to help others. Sier brings a variety of experiences from community, corporate, non-profit, religious, and collegiate fields, and has spent the last 15 years creating a way to fuse his expertise with his passion for helping teams work together. His approach empowers teams and organizations to reach their full potential, while also having fun.

“The Black Male Summit encourages local area students to visit Rose State and learn about what we have to offer,” stated Erica Alvarez, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. “It’s also a time for our current students to learn and hear from different community entities, as well as meet professionals within different career fields.”

Antonio Toliver, current RSC student, and past participant explained that the Black Male Summit is a place where both high school and college students can gather and learn useful information that can be used later in life. “I believe in the importance of programs like the Black Male Summit and the need to continue to provide these programs throughout Oklahoma,” Toliver said.

The Black Male Summit will have two breakout sessions. The first will feature Major Tink Collins and Sargent Miguel Baez of the Oklahoma City Fire Department, and J. Wiggins where they will discuss “Pursuing Your Passion.” Shana Lewis with True Sky Credit Union will lead the second breakout where she speaks on “Budgeting.”

The Black Male Summit will be Friday, February 15, 2019, at 8 am in the Professional Training Center. This event will be free and open to all high school or college students.

For more information contact Monique Bruner (mbruner@rose.edu) or Erica Alvarez (ealvarez@rose.edu).

To register for the Black Male Summit visit rose.edu/bmisummit.