Men of Color Symposium

Join us for our 2nd Annual University of Kentucky Men of Color Symposium on Thursday, February 4th- Friday, February 5th, 2021.  The theme of our second conference is “Promoting community, courage, care and connections”. Our goal in establishing this theme is to promote unity among men of color and to offer sessions that will allow participants to engage in personal, career, and community development. In order to provide a safe opportunity for participation, the conference will be offered virtually with multiple sessions available. 


 Open to students and professionals across Kentucky and beyond, attendees will be exposed to renowned speakers, presented with insightfully themed sessions with applicable and practical information, and opportunities to discuss building support for men of color.

The Martin Luther King Center in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of Student and Academic Life has put together this two-day symposium filled with experts and presenters from all over the world.


Date: February 4th & 5th, 2021

Location: University of Kentucky via Zoom


Symposium Schedule Day 1

09:45 AM - Opening remarks

10:00 AM -  11:30 AM Morning session 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote Address with Former Kentucky Representative Charles Booker

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon session 


Symposium Schedule Day 2

10:00 AM -  11:30 AM Morning session 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  Keynote Address with Attorney Benjamin Crump 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon session 


Click Here to Register for the 2021 Symposium 



Information on Keynotes & Breakout Session Presenters 



Walter Malone is a current Staff Psychology Steps Fellow at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center, where he provides clients with various forms of psychological services, including individual and group therapy, as well as consultations and campus outreach. Walter is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at Western Michigan University. Walter enjoys working with students and assisting them with navigating the various challenges they face throughout their college career.  His experiences of growing up in Detroit, Michigan, and his work with underrepresented and minoritized populations in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has allowed him the opportunity to witness the systematic and oppressive challenges that people face in their communities and beyond. Walter is humbled by these real and often neglected issues and has commented his life to challenging, developing, empowering, educating, and supporting those who are most vulnerable, through his work as a Black, male, mental health agent.

Walter has held many positions during his professional careers, such as Executive Manager at Target Corporation, and Program Coordinator, and Assistant Director, of the Trio Upward Bound Program at Western Michigan University, and Director of a program that served conditionally admitted students to help increase their probability of success at WMU. Additionally, Walter also served as Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the Future 4 Teens program, which strives to help youth and young adults with social, emotional, educational, or financial needs become successful by providing mental health and educational services.

 Dr. Federico "Felito" Aldarondo is the associate director of the University of Kentucky (UK) Counseling Center, where he has worked for the past 17 years.  He is passionate about helping young people as they develop their identities, cope with transitions and life challenges, and develop their values, which often guide their career trajectory and success in life. His work entails clinical work/therapy, training, outreach/preventative programming, collaborations with other units, and university and division level committees that support and impact students.  During his time at UK, Dr. Aldarondo has been involved with numerous efforts around cultural issues and belonging, especially as they pertain to students of color and others who are marginalized and minoritized.  

Dr. Aldarondo earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University in 1998 and an M.S. in clinical psychology from Mississippi State University in 1993.  Prior to working at UK, he served on the faculty at Purdue University and completed his pre-doctoral internship in the VA health system in Pittsburgh, PA.  He has also worked in a variety of other mental health and educational settings.  His clinical and professional interests include substance use disorder prevention and treatment, healthy lifestyle change, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, multicultural issues, interpersonal therapy, therapy supervision, and group work. 

Dr. Roger Cleveland is a transformational leader and groundbreaking researcher in the fields of diversity, equity, multicultural education and academic innovation. Cleveland has dedicated his life to empowering businesses, public institutions and schools to embrace diversity and inclusion. His unique experience as a results-driven educator and revolutionary thought leader makes him a sought-after lecturer, teacher and academic consultant.

Dr. Cleveland has spent more than 22 years in K-12, and higher education. Cleveland has published nearly two dozen equity, inclusion and education-related peer reviewed research articles.

Dr. Cleveland is the CEO and President of Millennium Learning Concepts Consulting Company, an agency which focuses on helping organizations meet their goals in the areas of: cultural proficiency, instructional equity, implicit bias, closing achievement gaps, learning styles, transforming school culture, conducting culture audits, and school improvement planning.

The Middlesboro, Kentucky, native, resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, Audra. He is the father of three amazing college students Maya, Taylor and Dorian.


Christian Adair M.Ed. is the Founder and Director of Alpha League a mentoring and leadership development organization focused on underserved and marginalized males. He has over 25 years of experience as an educator and coach, serves on several non-profit boards and his a Chapter President for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He currently leads FCPS Educating Boys of Color and Drop Out prevention initiatives which involves family and community engagement and culturally responsive teaching and learning.

Milton Noe Meza de los Santos is currently the Latino Outreach Coordinator at BCTC, where he aids in the effort to push the Latinx community towards higher education and reaching their goals. He is from Veracruz, Mexico and radio show host for Sobre la Meza.Milton is a man with a passion for the immigrant community. He graduated from BCTC in 2015 and is continuing his Bachelor's in Psychology at EKU.His hobbies include soccer, rock climbing, and playing video games. He loves to eat different kinds of food, trying new things, and encouraging others to push their limits.


Antonio Garcia, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, and Faculty Associate of the Center on Trauma and Children in the College of Medicine. His research is guided by his experiences as a former Child Protective Services Worker and Supervisor in Washington State. Having broad inter-disciplinary training in Psychology, Social Work, and Services Research, he is committed to using research evidence to effectively engage Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Color (BILPOC) in culturally relevant, evidence-informed services and programs. In addition to examining their experiences of system involvement, he relies on the lived experiences of agency providers and leaders to inform the development of structural and systemic strategies that increase engagement in service provision to mitigate the effects of trauma exposures among BILPOC. Going forward, he intends to examine if culturally tailored dissemination and implementation strategies achieve his long-term objective – mitigate racial inequities in service provision across child and family systems of care; and in turn, promote positive psychosocial outcomes for Black and Brown youth and families. Dr. Garcia capitalizes on his research and practice experience to educate the next generation of social workers dedicated to promoting child safety, permanency, and well-being.

Patrick Francis received two bachelor’s degree in Policing & Law Enforcement from Sam Houston State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Computer Science from DeVry University. He has had the honor and privilege to serve on the city, county, and state level of law enforcement for over 12 years in the state of Texas.  Patrick is a former CEO of SQL Technical Solutions, and currently the Director of Operations for the Gentleman’s Haberdashery clothing conglomerate, where their motto is “Dress the way you want to be addressed.”  In the spirit of serving others in the community, Patrick founded  Diamond in the Rough Ministries nonprofit, which provides services to the homeless and individuals who suffer from mental illness. He serves on the board of directors for Productive Ventures Inc. a 501c3 organization which empowers youth, families, and lends support to educational institutions around the country. Most importantly, Patrick is a son, a father, a husband, entrepreneur, and advocate for change.

Charles Booker 

Ben Crump, J.D 

Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organizations, serving as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice.

Mr. Crump is a frequent speaker and author, having been featured in documentaries like NPR’s “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin,” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent contributor to Time magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today. Mr. Crump will also appear on a television show called “Evidence of Innocence,” which will feature stories about individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned.

He’s received significant recognition for his service in pursuit of civil rights and justice for minorities, being included on prestigious lists like The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He has also received the National Urban League’s Whitney Young Award, AKA’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, and the SCLC’s Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award.

Chase Minnifield is a former defensive back for the Washington Redskins and three-time entrepreneur who was recently inducted into the 2019 class of Forbes 30 under 30. 
He currently serves as CEO of EZ Turn, the only vendor management digital platform that enables property managers in the student housing business to more efficiently manage, invoice and communicate with contractors. In its first year, EZ Turn has acquired more 30 clients and managed over $1 million in invoices. 

Carlos Lewis is a Senior Integrated Strategic Communications Major and a Business minor. Carlos was born in Richmond, Virginia but currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last year he was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 scholar. In addition, Carlos studied abroad over winter break in London, United Kingdom. Throughout his college career he’s been very involved within multiple organizations and was even the President of the American Marketing Association. Carlos also has had two different internships and volunteered as a math tutor at Edythe J Hayes Middle School here in Lexington.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and traveling. After graduation, Carlos will be an Account Executive for Proctor & Gamble.

Raymond Daniels is the former Owner and President of LexiDan Foods LLC, a franchise of Waffle House, Inc. In this role, he owned and operated 13 Waffle Houses in Lexington Kentucky. Raymond created a new venture, Equity Solutions Group (ESG) in 2017– a strategic sourcing company with an emphasis on reducing expenses while ensuring competitive participation from qualified diverse businesses. The company serves technology-based clients in 13 states. ESG also partners with corporations to ensure minority, female and veteran opportunities and inclusivity.

Prior to founding LexiDan and creating ESG, Raymond spent twenty-six years in the fast food industry, beginning his career in 1992 as Unit Manager for Waffle House, Inc. He served the company in several management roles over the next fifteen years as Disaster Relief Manager for Operations, Director of Diversity and Minority Affairs, and later culminated as Senior Vice President of Operations responsible for 105 stores, 3500 employees, and more than $200 million in annual sales. He departed the company in 2008 to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit, purchasing a Waffle House Franchise (LexiDan) in Lexington, KY.

Raymond is a consummate supporter of his community. He serves on multiple boards including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Commerce Lexington (Chairman), Community Ventures Corporation, Urban League of Lexington, Kentucky, Fayette County School Board (Vice Chairman), and the Kentucky State Tourism Board.

Born in New York City, Raymond holds a B.A. in Management from Catawba College where he was a collegiate athlete on the football team. In 2019, Raymond received a tremendous honor from his beloved alma mater and was selected as a Prestigious Alumni Award Winner.  Raymond is married to Dr. Tiffany Daniels and has two children, Evan and Alana

Timothy Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the Bluegrass where he leads a 100-year-old, philanthropic organization charged with delivering impact throughout the ten counties of Central Kentucky. Previously, he served as Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at United Way of the National Capital Area where he oversaw the organization’s marketing and communications, grantmaking, fee-for-service program management, community engagement work, volunteerism, capacity building, public policy and over $20M in programmatic investments across Maryland, Northern Virginia, the Virginia Piedmont region and the District of Columbia.

Timothy is a philanthropist who has dedicated his career to eradicating poverty and promoting equity and diversity.He has served in a number of senior leadership roles at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ, United Way of NYC and the Robin Hood Foundation.Timothy’s passion is to improve conditions in low-income communities believing that with the appropriate tools, peoples can achieve their full potential and thrive. Timothy was one of the recipients of the 2019 Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders award and served on Mayor Gorton’s Commission on Racial Justice and Equity.

He is an active and financial member of Leadership Prince George’s, Leadership Greater Washington and is in the 2020-21 class of Leadership Lexington. He holds a BS in Biology from North Carolina Central University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy in NYC. He has years of nonprofit board service and currently serves on the board of United Way of Kentucky. Timothy resides in Lexington, KY with his lovely wife Opa. He serves his community as a proud Prince Hall Freemason, Shriner and platinum life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.