2024 Working Group Meeting

"Cultivating Strategies for Supporting College Men of Color"
October 18 & 19, 2024

4343 Ocean View Blvd San Diego, CA 92113

Registration will be open until filled

The 2024 Working Group Meeting will convene national college leaders who are involved in men of color initiatives to network with colleagues and engage more deeply in topics that are both timely and critical to the success of men of color. CCEAL thanks the Lumina Foundation for its generous support of the National Consortium on College Men of Color.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1
Friday, October 18, 2024

8:00am – 8:30am

9:30am – 10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Tina King

Land Acknowledgement
Acknowledgements of Sponsors and
Distinguished Guests

Purpose and Overview of the Event
Speaker: Dr. Frank Harris
10:00am – 11:00am
Opening Keynote

Dr. J. Luke Wood

11:00am – 11:15pm
11:15am – 12:15pm
General Session 1: College Men of College Student Panel 

Facilitated by Dr. Melissa Abeyta

12:15pm – 1:00pm
1:10pm – 2:45pm
General Session 2: Promising Pathways for Men of Color 
Facilitated by [TBA]
3:00pm – 3:15pm
3:15pm – 4:30pm
Facilitated by Dr. Marissa Vasquez
4:30pm – 6:00pm
General Reception
Day 2

Saturday, October 19, 2024

8:00am – 8:30am

9:00am – 9:15am
Recap & Day Overview

9:30am – 10:00am
General Session 3: Policy Panel
Facilitated by Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez

10:30am – 10:45am

10:50am – 11:45am
Closing Keynote
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Food Trucks/Community Fair


Dr. J. Luke Wood

Dr. Wood became Sacramento State’s ninth president on July 16, 2023, returning to his alma mater, at age 41, as the youngest person ever to lead the University and the youngest permanent president in all of the nation’s public four-year colleges and universities. He earned a bachelor’s in Black History and master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership at Sac State, then a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State. Dr. Wood served as a professor and administrator, including vice president for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, at San Diego State before becoming Sac State president. He has authored 16 books and published over 180 articles, book chapters, and other scholarly works focusing on racial inequality issues in education. This academic record led him to be named the first Black distinguished professor in San Diego State’s history. In 2023, Wood was appointed by the California State Senate to serve on the California Racial Equity Commission. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc and an amateur boxer.

Dr. Helen P. Young

Dr. Helen P. Young possess over 25 years in field of education. Holds a Master Degree in Education Counseling and Bachelor degree in Human Services & Adolescent Counseling both from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Doctorate Degree from San Diego State University in Community College Educational Leadership. Dr. Young began her career in education as a College Admissions Counselor for Northrop/Rice Institute in 1990. From 1991 to 2000 she served as a Counselor then Assistant Principal at catholic high schools included Sacred Heart High School then St. Monica High School. In 2002, Dr. Young began working as a counselor at West Los Angeles College and served as Transfer Center & Honors Director in 2011 for five years. In 2016 she was the Project Director for the California Community College Transfer Guarantee to Historically Black Colleges and Universities program. In 2019 Dr. Young with two other California Community College colleagues, founded Pipelines2Possibilities (P2P) a graduate internship program to prepare HBCU graduate students for careers in the California Community College system. Dr. Young has received awards and accolades from groups and organizations, across the state which include the California State University Northridge Women’s Studies Student Assoc. Black Herstory Award (2006), SDSU George Boggs Award for Exemplary Research and Practice (2023), African American California Community College Trustees and Administrators Association/Black Caucus Distinguished Contribution Award (2024), and the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated Community Service Award (2024).


Dr. Franklin Garrett

 Dr. Franklin Garrett serves as the Associate Dean of Student Support Services at the San Diego College of Continuing Education, where he oversees overseas student support programs such as the CalWORKs program and a diverse array of affinity programs and support services. He is a first-generation college student who has dedicated his career to supporting student development and achievement. He has 18 years of experience as a counselor, advisor, college instructor, program coordinator, and student affairs director. His experience in higher education includes strategic planning, multicultural counseling, advising, and student services coordination. Dr. Garrett received his bachelor’s in sociology and his master’s degree in education with an emphasis on multicultural counseling at San Diego State University, as well as his doctorate in educational leadership from UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos. His scholarship is on the persistence factors for first-generation African American students and student success strategies.

 Dr. Karen Stills

Dr. Karen Stills, a champion for student success with over 20 years in education, leverages her own experience as a first-generation graduate to empower diverse learners. Currently serving as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Dallas College, Dr. Stills oversees an institution serving more than 100,000 students annually. She spearheaded the development of the Learner Care Model, a comprehensive approach that fosters student success through holistic, student-centered supports. Dr. Stills leads a team of more than 350 student success professionals, together driving initiatives to generate post-completion success outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Stills’ previous leadership experience includes serving as Executive Dean, Educational Partnerships at El Centro College, where she bridged support services and instruction, leading the successful expansion of dual enrollment programs. Dr. Stills holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of New Orleans, an MBA from Amberton University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. Her achievements have been recognized by prestigious organizations, including selection as an Aspen Rising Presidential Fellow (2023). Dr. Stills’ multifaceted experiences inform her leadership and fuel her passion for creating a more equitable and empowering educational landscape for all.


San Diego hosts a major international airport. Transportation from the airport to the venue is convenient via rideshare or rental car. The venue is less than 10 miles from the airport.

Google Map


We have secured group rates with the following hotels


Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay
Group Rate available until September 17, 2024
601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Porto Vista Hotel
Group Rate available until October 1, 2024

San Diego
1835 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Group Rate available until filled

1047 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


The Working Group Meeting will convene in the Theatre, which is located in the Main Building First Floor

Parking will be available on site. No parking passes required.


If you have any questions about access or to request accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc., please contact cceal@sdsu.edu.