Men of Color Symposium

Join us for our 4th Annual University of Kentucky Men of Color Symposium on Friday, February 10th, 2023The theme for the 2023 University of Kentucky Men of Color Symposium is Be Your Own Brand: Build It, Be It, Believe It.”.” Our theme is rooted in our commitment to embrace, acknowledge and support the holistic needs of men of color throughout the K-12 and college experience. This year's theme connects with the tenets of identity development and business branding as frameworks to advance the presence of Black and Brown men in education, the workforce, and society. 


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 for Institutional Diversity and the Office for Student Success has put together this one-day symposium filled with experts and presenters from all over the world.


Date: Friday, February 10th, 2023

Location: University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom


Symposium Schedule 

8:30 AM- 9:00 AM  Registration/Breakfast 

9:15 AM - Opening remarks

9:30 AM- Opening Keynote- Keyon Clinton

10:45 AM -  11:30 AM Breakout Sessions 1

11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Networking Lunch 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Breakout Session 2

2:00 PM- 3:00 PM- Closing Keynote- Conscious Lee


Click Here to Register for the 2023 Symposium: Registration will close on February 6, 2023. 


Information on Keynotes & Breakout Session Presenters

Keynote Speakers

George Conscious Lee


"Social media sensation Conscious Lee isn’t your typical Professor, Education Consultant, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Professional and you don’t want him to be.

The Bryan, Texas Native has over 2 million followers on social media being named YouTube Content Creator Choice of The Year 2022 and a current NAACP Image Award Nominee. Mr. Lee has a virtual presence that impacts many internationally. This intellectual debating, hip hop dancing, thought-provoking, and workshop facilitating keynote speaker proves that Black intellectuals don’t have to play respectability politics to deliver a message that resonates. Conscious has over 9 years of experience in education and over 6 years of experience in consulting.

Lee is Husband, Father, and Educator who holds a bachelor’s degree in African & African American Studies and a Master’s degree in Human Relations as well as a Master’s degree in Adult Higher Education. He also has Graduate Certificates in Women and Gendered Studies and Human Resource and Diversity Development from the University of Oklahoma.

As if he doesn’t have enough to do, Conscious runs his own online courses at Conscious University, is on the Content Advisory Board for the new hot app “Fanbase”, a cohost on the popular growing podcast “The Chop Up Show”. Racking up millions of views, the content creator’s videos have been shared by and worked with TikTok, Human Rights Campaign, Democracy Now, YouTube, BET, and others. He’s also been featured in Forbes, Essence, the Washington Post, Yahoo Life, The Atlantic, and The New York Times."

Keyon Clinton

Keyon’s global company and brand 1% Better is focused on helping people grow holistically and execute at a high level. As of now they have impacted people in over 15 countries and 34 states. On a mission to help professionals develop their personal lives, businesses and careers Keyon created the 1% Better University which develops professional’s portfolios to increase their revenue and impact within their business. Out of all of his accomplishment at the age of 31, his greatest accomplishment is being a servant of the Lord! Keyon has been featured on WDIV Detroit, Fox 2 Detroit, the Michigan Chronicle, Black Speakers Network, COBO Hall, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena, Who’s Who in Detroit, 30 under 30 Detroit Entrepreneur and the Magic Johnson Foundation. Keyon Clinton was also a 2018, 2019 and 2020 receipt of The Top 25 Millennials in Detroit. In 2021, Keyon was a recipient of Forbes Next 1000 which highlighted the next 1000 entrepreneurs who are industry leaders impacting the world. Keyon was recently awarded as a 40 under 40 Business Elite honoree.