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5th Annual "Male Empowerment" Event For Minority High School Students

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Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that it will be hosting its 5th annual "Male Empowerment: Tying Into Manhood" event for male minority high school students on April 24, 2014.

This event is intended to inspire and embolden high school African American and Latino students to pursue an advanced degree and ultimately a professional career. More than 40 male role models – including judges, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and entrepreneurs – will be in attendance to speak candidly about their paths to success, and how they overcame certain obstacles and challenges in the process.

The event will kick off with a keynote address by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., a seven-term New York State Assemblyman. His speech will be followed by a tie ceremony, where students will be presented with a royal blue and gold tie, honoring the college's official colors, and symbolizing a commitment to the future success and leadership possibilities attainable for students.

The most significant aspect of the event will be its small, intimate discussions between groups of ten students and one male mentor, who will share his stories, answer questions, and offer words of encouragement and advice to students.

"Our male empowerment event provides a wealth of inspiration and motivation to young minority students by facilitating engagement with successful individuals whose background and challenges often mirror their own," said Dr. Cecil Wright, Director of Admissions at Monroe College. "Students greatly benefit from the commonality shared with the mentors and the personal guidance they receive, which tends to have a lasting impact on their confidence in themselves and their ability to achieve personal and professional success."

Among the list of this year's mentors are Ruben Franco, Judge of the New York City Civil Court; Andrew Bennett, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at St John's University; Abdul Abdullah, Research Project Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Chike Uzoka, Founder of Valentine Global, LLC; and Ilbert Sanchez, Graphic Designer and Entrepreneur.

The event will be held at Monroe's Bronx Campus in King Hall on April 24, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students interested in attending should RSVP by calling 646-393-8598 or e-mailing Israel Taveras at itaveras(at)monroecollege(dot)edu. Over 400 high school minority men are expected to attend.



Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe College graduates more minority students than any other college in New York State.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit here.


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