AVON PARK - Five South Florida State College students had the opportunity to attend the eighth annual Black, Brown and College Bound Summit recently in Tampa.
The summit is a national effort sponsored by Hillsborough Community College to encourage more African-American and Latino young men to push through perceived obstacles and earn a college degree that is worthy of their aspirations and career goals. Each year, the BBCB Summit draws hundreds of students and educators to Tampa to address challenges facing African-American and Latino young men.
This year's theme was "Setting the Record Straight: Demystifying the Perception of African-American and Latino Males in Higher Education'' and featured NBA legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson as the keynote speaker. Participants also had the chance to interact with nationally renowned speakers and researchers who shared empirical data, best practices and model programs.
Students were able to attend breakout sessions that covered exceeding expectations: designing non-traditional careers for the future; technology: current and future trends; mentoring: a structured sharing of wisdom; justice system: roadblock or stepping stone; and identity and culture: perceptions gone wrong.
"The networking opportunity and the measure of success by some of the keynote speakers at the conference such as Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos was an encouragement for the students to work hard towards achieving their goals," said Eddie Cuencas, advisor, international student organization at SFSC. "For me personally, SFSC being one of the sponsors of the summit is an indication of the effort made by the institution to motivate more African-American and Latino students to enroll in postsecondary education and pursue their dreams of becoming successful."