Purdue Calumet Launches Program to Encourage Success among Black Male Students

PUC-LogoTo encourage student success and degree persistence among African American male students, Purdue University Calumet is launching a campus chapter of the nationally recognized Brother-To-Brother/SAAB (Student African American Brotherhood) program.

Program founder, CEO & President is keynote speaker
Program founder Tyrone Bledsoe will be the keynote speaker at a campus kickoff event at 11 a.m., Monday (10/6) in the Student Union & Library’s Room with a View.

Bledsoe is CEO and president of Student African American Brotherhood, a national organization of more than 260 chapters that strives to instill a spirit of care while enhancing experiences of African American and Latino male students in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

Addressing educational barriers
Through leadership, mentoring, advocacy and action, SAAB addresses educational barriers of at-risk youth to help enable significantly more Black and Latino males to earn college degrees.

“Purdue University Calumet has made some dramatic strides in increasing the success and retention of some of our most underserved and vulnerable student populations,” Purdue Calumet Executive Director of Student Success and Transition Dhanfu Elston said. “Our next step in reshaping the culture of student success for Black males is the creation of this program.”

Elston added that SAAB “has attracted extensive national and international attention as an innovatively structured, comprehensive prototype for personal and academic enrichment of young males of color.”