York Set to host BMI Conference

Black Male Initiative Conference Set for York By Jarrett Jones York Journalism Student

On Friday, October 4th the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI) will host its 8th Annual Conference; and this year York College will be the host campus.

The theme of the conference, "Race, Law, and Injustice," will be addressed by among others, Dr. Ron Daniels, a York Distinguished Lecturer; Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel, Latino Justice/PRELDF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Educational Fund); and Paul Butler, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

At York, the event is being promoted by the York College Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center (YCMIP). The goal of the YCMIP and the Men’s Center,  is to provide a support system through various resources to improve enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented populations -- particularly male students.

The director of the YCMIP, music professor, Jonathan Quash, recently explained the importance of the BMI Conference.

"The ultimate goal of the conference is to educate and enlighten students as to policies within local and national legislative bodies that can directly affect their liberty and personal freedom," said Quash. "Additionally, we hope to expose students to myriad opportunities in legal and criminal justice professions.”

According to Quash the event will have more than 50 guest speakers and panelists with representatives from 15 law schools as well as local elected leaders. It will be held in the York College Performing Arts Center from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

For further information or to register for the event, visit www.cuny.edu/bmi

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