The Men of Color Identity and Leadership Conference, sponsored by Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. and hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and Indiana Tech, will bring about 100 students from local high schools to Ivy Tech Northeast. The conference mission is to help black male youth understand their potential as leaders and members of the Fort Wayne community.
“Our goal is to introduce students to a dynamic group of communicators who will speak to them about leadership, community engagement, personal branding, as well as grit, the determination to succeed despite overwhelming odds,” says Chris Cathcart, Ivy Tech Northeast vice chancellor of Student Affairs.
Speakers include Mayer Tom Henry, who will provide the morning’s welcome address, as well as
· Joe Jordan, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne
· Jamal Robinson, entrepreneur and community activist
· Michael Dixon, director of Intercultural Services at Manchester University
· Anthony Payton, pastor of Come As You Are Community Church
· Andre Patterson, of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and supervisor at McMillen Park Community Center
· Ron Lewis, author of the book, “Gritty,” and Ivy Tech Northeast basketball coach and adjunct faculty
“We want to lay the groundwork to inspire young men regarding social responsibility and to envision themselves as future leaders within our community,” says Ivy Tech Northeast ChancellorJerrilee K. Mosier.
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
Coliseum Campus, Room CC1640
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.