CSUSB hosts Student African American Brotherhood Conference
Office of Strategic Communication
UPDATE: Important Conference Update: Relocation of Day 1 of the SAAB Western Regional Conference
Please know that due to Southern California Edison ordering a Public Safety Power Shutoff to reduce the risk of wildfires given anticipated high winds and dry conditions in the CSUSB area. We have decided to relocate.
Day 1 (Friday's Sessions) are taking place at:
Double Tree Hotel in San Bernardino
285 Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92408
Day 2 (Saturday's Sessions) is slated to take place at the CSUSB as orginally outlined on the conference agenda.
For updates, go to the SAAB website.
Cal State San Bernardino will host the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) Western Regional Conference, designed to engage, develop and train disadvantaged, underrepresented and under-served young males of color into becoming productive and contributing citizens in society.
The two-day conference, “One Brotherhood, Many Voices: Creating Systems for Success,” will feature guest speakers, panel sessions for educators and students, and will be held Oct. 11-12 at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union.
The conference is geared toward young males (especially of color) along with educators, corporate professionals, civic/community leaders, researchers and philanthropists interested in advancing and supporting successful educational pathways to help leverage the talents and to create change for students at the middle school, high school and college levels.
“We are deeply honored to be hosting the SAAB Conference here at Cal State San Bernardino,” said university President Tomás D. Morales, who serves as a member of the organization’s national board. “With chapters at more than 200 middle schools, high schools and college campuses nationwide, SAAB offers tremendous benefits, especially to underrepresented young men of color.”
About 350 high school students from San Bernardino, Riverside and the High Desert are expected to attend the conference. In addition, there will be out-of-state students coming from Michigan and Georgia, along with school administrators, said Anthony Roberson, the associate director of operations for the Santos Manuel Student Union.
The scheduled conference guest speakers are: author, speaker and consultant Richard Taylor; author, speaker and educator Brian Heat; and Jordan Harrison, president of the SAAB Alumni Association and inspirational speaker.
The session topics include: Cultivating a Passion for Success; Creating Systems for Success: Celebrating SAAB’s Success; Telling Our Success Stories; and How to Establish a SAAB Initiative.
Morales praised the organization’s chapters for their work in helping young men, especially of color.
“SAAB provides social, cultural and spiritual enrichment as well as college degrees and achieving lives of purpose and success. It helps individuals fight against economic and cultural barriers to develop self-confidence,” Morales said. “It is sensitive to existing environments and does not discriminate or limit membership based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any other primary diversity dimensions.”
Morales said the university’s SAAB chapter is extremely active, hosting regular study sessions and seminars for students of all ages, and works with a number of nonprofit groups. “Our students also serve as mentors, helping newcomers avoid the traps and hurdles they have experienced.”
For more information, visit the SAAB website at saabnational.org.