About the Conference

We are excited to host our second annual Black Boys and Men Symposium on June 14-16, 2023.  The inaugural symposium was a huge success with just under 300 attendees.  We hope you can join us!

Grand Valley State University seeks to bring together youth service providers, K-12 educators, higher education faculty and staff, and community leaders to understand and interrogate the “systems” that impact the lives of Black boys & men in order to deconstruct and rebuild for their success.

Through a lens of intersectionality, the Black Boys & Men Symposium looks holistically at the lives of Black boys & men in a variety of educational and other contexts. The symposium is focused on creating a vision for equitable transformation throughout the educational pipeline, from K-12 to higher education and beyond. The symposium is designed to be a place of personal and professional growth for those who walk alongside Black boys & men to engage in discussion, learning, and action.


Register for BBMS & Sneaker Ball


Register for Sneaker Ball only

Goals for Symposium

Goal 1: Bring state stakeholders together to begin to outline a plan for success and create a pipeline to include K-12, higher education, and beyond. 

Goal 2: Acknowledge the historical realities that have shaped outcomes for Black boys and men in order to create new realities. 

Goal 3: Identify systemic barriers in order to generate discussion, ideas, and solutions for equity. 

Goal 4: Create change agents by sharing leading practices and creating the capacity to create new and better outcomes. 

Goal 5: Deconstruct and rebuild systems to create the conditions for Black boys & men success.   

Attendee Registration Rate




Regular (Includes Sneaker Ball ticket)


Until May 31

Late (Includes Sneaker Ball ticket)


Starting June 1

High School Student Rate

Contact [email protected] for information


Sneaker Ball ONLY

$100 (Adult only) 

Thursday, June 15

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