In an attempt to bring attention to the struggles that minority males face in the UNC system, the founders of a conference to confront those issues faced some opposition of their own.
N.C. Agricultural & Technical University senior Cameron Moore said he first recognized the achievement gap that minority males face last year. He turned to his mentor, the Rev. Gregory Drumwright, and together they created the Minority Male Academic and Leadership Enrichment (M.A.L.E.) Initiative.
The M.A.L.E. Initiative is a two-day conference, which started Thursday and will continue today, that focuses on bringing together UNC-system schools to address the achievement gap for minority males.
“It’s not just a feel-good conference,” Drumwright said. “It’s a transformative encounter.”
But the conference almost did not take place.
Moore said he pitched his vision for the conference to the system’s Association of Student Governments, which initially offered $4,000 in funding.