Panelists pose for a photo in front of the stage at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School after a Males of Color event.

Males of Color Program celebrates student achievements, holds important discussions

Alexandra KincaidNews

The Dayton Public Schools Office for Males of Color continues to celebrate student achievements and engage in positive dialogue about important issues that impact students.

On Saturday, April 10th, 15 students in 4th and 5th grade who had consistently kept up their grades and attendance, engaged with extracurricular activities, and maintained a positive attitude representative of the Office for Males of Color earned a trip to Scene 75 to celebrate their success. 

Additionally, 30 students in 9th-12th grade spent the day watching American Skin, a 2019 drama, which prompted an important discussion about race and current events. Panelists included Dayton Board of Education Vice President William Smith, Dayton City Commissioner Jeffrey Mims Jr., DPS alumnus Fred Cox, and Thurgood Marshall STEM High School Principal Lloyd Knight. Student mentors from Wilberforce University and Central State University also contributed to the discussion. 

Dr. Stacy Worley, Director of the Office for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion, said a central part of the discussion focused on how it is important for students to navigate their emotions and not hold in negative feelings. He said the panelists also reassured students that the Office for Males of Color would always be willing to provide them with support of any kind. 

The Office for Males of Color is open to all 4th-12th grade males in DPS. 

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