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UCF Hosts National Male Student Success Conference

The 2017 National Male Student Success Conference will be held at UCF on February 2-4 and will highlight male academic achievement in college.

The conference, hosted by the UCF Multicultural Academic and Support Services office, will feature keynote speakers Anton Reece, campus president of West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges, and Ivory A. Toldson, president and CEO of the QEM Network, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.

Reece has extensive student success, enrollment, retention and graduation expertise at WKCTC. Reece has presented on topics related to the collegiate male, empowerment and leadership.

Toldson, a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education, is dedicated to improving the quality of education for underrepresented students. In 2013, Toldson was appointed by President Barack Obama to devise national strategies to sustain and expand federal support to HBCUs, as the executive director of the White House Initiative on historically black colleges and universities. He also served as senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column.

The event will open with motivational and inspirational speaker Edward Daniels, director of MD Admissions at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.

The conference will begin with an intentional dialogue about how to address the academic and non-academic concerns surrounding male collegiate achievement and graduation. Professionals and students will be inspired, motivated, and strengthened to work towards lasting progress in educational, social and economic opportunities for male college students.

For more information, visit: or 407.823.2716. The cost for UCF staff members and faculty to attend the conference is $50.