Supporting Men of Color Along the Educational Pipeline

by Christen Cullum Hairston

Jan 1, 2013

This brief outlines research on men of color in terms of access to and success in higher education, specifically pre-college programs, and policy initiatives designed to address these issues. It includes four interviews with practitioners and policy researchers and highlights exemplary programs that work with students of color along the educational pipeline and that can serve as resources for all who work to support men of color, primarily college access practitioners.
  • Guidelines for outreach and support programs to African-American men include connecting with mothers, pushing to overcome stereotypes, involving more staff and volunteers with relevant life experiences, establishing contacts with leading local Black churches, and cultivating relationships with coaches and other adults overseeing non-academic extracurricular activities, especially sports.
  • The greatest leak in the educational pipeline occurs between high school and college.
  • When working with Native Americans or Asian American/Pacific Islanders, it is important to recognize their extreme diversity in history, culture, language, and traditions.