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Too Important to Fail, Ap 11

Date: Wednesday - April 11, 2012
Time: All Day
Location: Constitution Room (Memorial Hall)

In response to declining school success rates of male students, Central Connecticut State University’s Man Enough Support Initiative has organized a forum to inspire educational success among secondary and college male student populations. The title of the symposium is “I’m Too Important to Fail: Closing the Achievement Gap by Reaching the Next Generation”. The program is organized as a part of the Initiative’s 4th Annual Healthyfellows: College Men’s Health Forum. The theme of our health month is Celebrating the Diversity of the Male Spirit”.

US Congressman Christopher Murphy is the keynote speaker for the event. Other guest include Attorney Jeffrey Dressler (Mega Education), Civil Rights Attorney and Hartford City Councilwomen Cynthia Jennings, Esq., and many other noted figures in education. The symposium will bring together middle, high school and college students from around the state for a day of presentations, conversation, and strategic planning. It is the goal of this program to inspire male students to be role models of educational success and to mobilize themselves to help other male student reach their personal potential.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, (8:00-3:00)

The program will be held on the historic Central Connecticut State University campus in the Constitution Room, Memorial Hall.

Over the past decade, the educational success of male students has become a major concern of parents, educators, and political groups. National data shows a widening gender success gap between male and female students. In our effort to create a system that “leaves no child behind”, we are leaving thousands of students behind without a proper education to be competitive in our global and technologically advanced society.

For more information about the event, please contact Mr. William Fothergill, Assistant Counselor at (860) 832-1639 or email: fothergillW@ccsu.edu

4th Annual Man Enough Support Initiative

Healthyfellows: College Men’s Health Forum

I’m Too Important to Fail: Closing the Achievement Gap by Reaching the Next Generation

“Celebrating the Diversity of the Male Spirit”

Many believe a crisis is looming in America and the focus of attention is on the U.S educational system. According to a recent Education Research Center report, nearly 70 percent of all students in the United States graduate from high school with a regular diploma in four years. In Connecticut, 1 in 5 students failed to complete high school. Similar to secondary education, many universities have reported high attrition rates among college students. Nationally, 43% of men are graduating in comparison to 57% of college women. Over the past decade, the educational success of male students has become a major concern of parents, educators, and political groups. National data shows a widening gender success gap between male and female students. In our effort to create a system that “leaves no child behind”, we are leaving thousands of students behind without a proper education to be competitive in our global and technologically advanced society. Sadly, many of these students are male, Black, Latino, and (or) economically disadvantaged students. Whether in middle, high school or college, a significant number of male students are underperforming and are most at risk of not successfully completing their education. The cost of opting-out, dropping-out, failing-out, and (or) stopping-out will cost the United States billions in lost wages over the lifetime of these students. Join us as we work to close the achievement gap by inspiring America’s sons to excel personally, educationally, and professionally.

Central Connecticut State University

Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

8:00 – 3:00 PM

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