Men of Color Symposium

The Men of Color Symposium promotes self-awareness, unity, academic motivation and the importance of men of color in leadership positions. 

The theme of our first conference is “Building a Pipeline: College, Career, & Community”. Our goal in establishing this theme is to offer sessions that will allow participants to engage in personal, career and community development.

Open to students and professionals across Kentucky, attendees will be exposed to renowned speakers, presented with insightfully themed workshops with applicable and practical information, and able to enjoy an exciting opportunity to network and reflect on who they are and the unlimited potential they possess.

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


Date: Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky

Seating is limited!!


Symposium Schedule 

 8:30 AM- Registration  & Breakfast

09:45 AM - Opening remarks

10:00 AM - Break out session 1

11:00 AM - Break out session  2

12:30 PM – Lunch and Keynote

2:00 PM - Break out session block 3: Choose Your Own Path

3:00 PM –Closing Keynote Address


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Keynotes & Breakout Session Presenters 


Dr. James Moore

Dr. James Moore is the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer Executive Director of the Bell National Resource Center.

In his joint role, Dr. Moore serves as the primary thought leader in diversity and inclusion matters as related to staff, students and the broader university community. Dr. Moore's role also includes developing and implementing the strategic diversity vision for the university as well as fostering an environment to attract a diverse team of people committed to creating a culture of inclusive excellence.

Dr. Moore is also the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation, and from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.

An internationally recognized researcher, Dr. Moore's research focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education and counseling, and STEM education. He is also renowned for his work on African American males, and throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards and honors.

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David Olmeca Barragan 

David Olmeca Barragan is a Bilingual Hip-Hop artist, producer, activist and scholar who has been featured on numerous media outlets, as well as, documentaries including PBS “Independent Lens”, and “Two Americans,” a documentary about the immigration issues in Arizo-na.  He has written music for tv shows including “Sons of Anarchy,” “CHANCE” on HULU, and new series, “The Mayans” on FX.  He is a Kennedy Center Artist Fellow and Faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Ricardo Nazario y Colón

Ricardo Nazario-Colon serves as Western Carolina University’s Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to his appointment at WCU, Nazario-Colon served as director of student activities, inclusion and leadership at Morehead State University from 2011-2016. While at the university, he also served as the director of the University Center and served from 2012-2014. From 2007-2011, Nazario-Colon was the director of the Office of Diversity Programs at Western Kentucky University and held several positions related to diversity at Western Kentucky University including executive director of the Multicultural Affairs Division, co-chair of the President’s Commission in Diversity, multicultural programs director and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center.

Nazario-Colon served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1984-1992. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and Spanish Literature from the University of Kentucky in 1992 and his master’s of science for teachers degree in secondary education with an emphasis in Spanish from Pace University in 1996.


Bryant Smith

Bryant K. Smith, "The Human Potential Specialist”, is a nationally acclaimed and award winning educator, author, speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator. He is President and CEO of Smith Consulting And Networking, a comprehensive consulting and training firm that uses lectures, workshops, and personal coaching to examine , interpret and improve people, their environments and the relationships between cultures and communities.

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DeAndre Carter

DeAndre Carter has become recognized as a motivational force and push behind America as he challenges people to demand greatness every step in life they take forward.

Recognized as an award-winning speaker and ranked amongst the top in the world by Toastmaster’s International; DeAndre has been instrumental in effectively developing motivation in people that causes a response of action while naturally shifting paradigm, producing a consistency and an evolutional change.

Afforded the honor and high regard to speak to audiences from America’s youth and next generation leaders to College Presidents, and Government Officials, amongst others. Mr. Carter’s impact transcends demographics as he has extended himself for more than 15 years to over 500 audiences with life changing messages powered by practical implementation of his proven success strategies.

Mr. Carter receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Business Marketing defines “progressive” and “innovative” in every sense by challenging society as he creates new learning platforms and tirelessly works with institutes and corporations that defy the world by provoking people to thrive. “Success is yours” is the reality that DeAndre lives by and will stop at nothing to ensure he shares this reality with the world!

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Dr. Roger Cleveland

Dr. Roger Cleveland “has been at the forefront of equity and inclusion for over a decade. He has facilitated the activities of high school diversity clubs, served as a diversity adviser, and as a moderator and presenter at over 85 various conferences promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Cleveland is widely sought for his expertise in such areas as cultural proficiency, instructional equity, implicit bias, closing achievement gaps, learning styles, transforming school culture, conducting culture audits, and school improvement planning. He has led staff development events for many school districts, social service agencies, state educational agencies and universities and conducted training sessions addressing equity and culture issues from Alaska to Mississippi.

In academia, Roger has taught at Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State University, and Eastern Kentucky University.  He is currently a full professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University and serves as the Director, Center for Research on the Eradication of Educational Disparities (CREED).

In 2014, Cleveland was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Two years earlier, he was honored by the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education as Professor of the Year and was recognized as “Teachers Making a Difference at Eastern Kentucky University.” In 2013, the received the P.G. Peeples Equity and Equity and Excellence Achievement Award from the Fayette County Equity Council for his work in improving local schools.

Cleveland is also the associate director of the nationally recognized Black Males Working (BMW) Academy Program at First Baptist Church of Bracktown. The Academy helps African American Males focuses on college and career readiness, through academics, social emotional learning and student achievement. He has also been actively involved with EKU’s Call Me MISTER Program, which encourages more African American males to enter the teaching profession. He is also a member of the Fayette County Public Schools Equity Council.


Walter Malone

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.


Patrick Walker

Patrick D. Walker, JD, MBA ​ is the inaugural Ruth Jones Lewis Faculty Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, an endowed position in the Lewis Honors College of the University of Kentucky. In this capacity, he uses classrooms, court systems, and corporate boardrooms to work with diverse individuals and groups that include entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers, charitable and religious nonprofit organizations, formerly incarcerated individuals, and large corporations committed to building equity through community economic development. Skilled in business law, management, and social enterprise development, Patrick is a first-generation college graduate raised by his grandparents with over 20 years of combined expertise from federal research laboratories, higher education, and private corporations. For over 14 years, he has served as an award-winning Professor of Business Law and Management at universities within St. Louis, Missouri and Hampton Roads, Virginia.

 As Co-Founder and CEO of a thriving business consulting firm, Patrick has conducted training and evaluations for local and national nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies as they navigate through critical management and legal decision-making processes. He has also facilitated diversity and inclusion training sessions for and through The Boeing Company, Diversity Awareness Partnership, Edward Jones Investment Company, and Walmart. A prolific fundraiser for multiple philanthropic causes, Patrick serves on several regional and national boards of directors. He frequently lectures on a variety of topics, including business law, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, networking, and race. Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Master of Business Administration from Hampton University, and his Juris Doctorate from Regent University.


Dr. Federico "Felito" Aldarondo 

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.