Auburn University sponsoring symposium on ‘Becoming my Brothers’ Keeper’

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will sponsor the first “Alabama Men of Every Color Leadership Symposium” on Friday, Feb. 20 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

This community-based initiative will highlight issues such as health and education that affect all men, and, as reflected in its theme of “Becoming my Brothers’ Keeper,” help generate support networks to promote personal achievement and leadership ability. Throughout the day, participants will hear speakers, join breakout sessions, participate in a period of reflection and discussion and hold a town hall meeting.

Dr. Na’im Akbar, one of the speakers for the event, is one of the world’s preeminent African American psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology. A former president of the National Association of Black Psychologists, Akbar is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. He is director of his private consulting firm, Mind Productions and Associates.

Also speaking at the event is James L. Moore III, Ph.D., the inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University. Moore is also an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology and coordinator of the School Counseling Program at The Ohio State University.

“This event will provide opportunities to examine the shared issues men face today and to reflect on past successes and failures so that we may learn from them,” said Auburn Dean of Students Johnny Green. “We want to promote the values of education, success and leadership and to provide guidance in how to create opportunities for others. The event theme shows our commitment to uniting men across racial, cultural and socio-economic boundaries and making sure we really do become our brothers’ keeper.”

Participants will attend from colleges and universities around the state, including the University of Alabama, Alabama State University, Tuskegee University, Southern Union Community College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, Samford University and Alabama A & M. Students from Auburn University will also attend and students from surrounding high schools are invited to participate.

The deadline for early registration is Feb. 13. The fee is $50 for university and community professionals and $25 for college students. For information, contact Brandon Wolfe at (334) 844-5042 or The fee includes all conference materials, the opening reception, breakfast and lunch.

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. The symposium opens at 9 a.m. with breakfast and a welcome from Auburn University President Jay Gouge. The schedule includes morning and afternoon breakout sessions, a town hall meeting at 4:45 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m. For a downloadable registration form, a complete schedule and other information go to

Contact: Brandon Wolfe, (334) 844-5042 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (