What you will learn:

Black men continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, representing less than 2% of leaders in the non-profit sector (Kelly, 2020). Furthermore, Black people account for just 0.8% of all Fortune 500 CEO positions (Center for Talent Innovation, 2021). Jonathan will discuss his unlikely journey with leadership in the Higher Education and EdTech sectors and the importance of diverse experiences and perspective at "the table". Jonathan will also use his research surrounding high-achieving Black men and HBCUs to discuss the importance of pipeline programs and intentional recruitment, development, and retention.

About the instructor:

Jonathan Solomon (He/Him/His) possesses a passion for educational equity, technology, and relationship building which propelled him into the EdTech industry with the goal of making education more equitable and accessible for all people. He brings with him 10 years of experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs, spanning across disciplines to include college access, retention programs, first-generation/low-income student support, honors education, residence life, athletics, international student services, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a first-generation/low-income graduate and foster care alumnus, Jonathan has demonstrated his commitment to mentorship, social justice education, support for HBCUs, and advocacy for minoritized populations through his service with multiple non-profit organizations, including Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He received his BBA from Langston University; M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma; and Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Higher Education Leadership) at Indiana State University. His dissertation research focuses on the experiences of academically gifted African American men at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He is a recipient of the 30 Under 40 Sawubona Award for the PAN African Network of ACPA, Delux Power 100 Award, Next Gen Under 30 Award, and 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Langston University. Core Values: Ambition, Authenticity, Harmony, Integrity, Justice, Legacy, Loyalty, and Well-Being.
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Suggested Length:60 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Lecture with Discussion

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