More than 200 students, scholars and organizational leaders came together on the DU campus to exchange ideas on how to help bridge the achievement gap, which some experts say often begins in elementary school.
"It comes down to a community that cares, that is holding everybody accountable and is responsible for everyone, said Tracey Adams-Peters, executive director for the Center for Multicultural Excellence at DU." "If we know that there are young men that are not engaging, we need to do something to address that."
The Black Male Initiative (BMI) Summit was designed to increase awareness and identify tools and the best practices needed to support more young men to go to college and pursue more graduate degrees.
The event was co-sponsored by the Association of Sisters in Higher Education (ASHE) and the University of Denver Women's Coalition.
Organizers hope to make this an annual event.