Erie Community College’s Men of Merit Program—established to foster excellence,
distinction and integrity in the school’s male African-American, Hispanic and
Native American students—kicked off its 2017-18 Distinguished Speaker Series
with psychiatric professional Dr. Jeffrey Grace inside the College’s City
Campus Auditorium on October 11.
Grace, an attending physician at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and an
assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Buffalo, presented the
topic, “The Psychology of the African-American Male” for an early afternoon
crowd of more than 50 participants. Delivered through a combination of lecture,
group discussion and issue-driven breakout sessions—dissecting such questions
as “what are the top three attributes that make a man a man”—Dr. Grace
conducted an instructive session that afforded all in attendance the
opportunity to reflect on the realities of life, the importance of
decision-making, and pursuing a purposeful direction in life.
Men of Merit program provides ambitious minority male students the chance to
pursue excellence through a wide array of services designed to maximize
academic success; and the opportunity to chart a course to graduation often
hindered by poverty, crime and unemployment within local and national minority
communities. Members have access to advisers, mentors and leaders—from both SUNY Erie and the school’s extended community—who strive to prepare students for college
members also have access to a support network comprised of vital SUNY Erie-guided
services like academic readiness workshops, crisis counseling and career
development necessary to achieve their desired goals. With this backing and a
strict adherence to the aforementioned program tenants of excellence,
distinction and integrity, members are guided to stay in college, advance
academically and serve their community, as they become the men they aim to be.
next edition of the Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Bernie Tolbert,
retired special agent with the FBI now running for Erie County Sheriff. Mr.
Tolbert will speak at SUNY Erie City Campus on Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00
a.m. For more information on this event or ECC’s Men of Merit Program, please
call (716) 851-1939 or email Dr. Marvin Wilson at email@example.com.
Since 1946, Erie
Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and
partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu
or call (716) 851-1ECC.