This year’s conference will focus on empowering Black men through stories of persistence from several dynamic Virginia Tech alumni while giving non- black males insight into the lives of Black males. The conference will feature multiple breakout session’s targeted on helping faculty/ staff support Black male students. Breakout session topics will range from student- athlete development to student spiritual development. The success of this conference will depend on the participation and engagement of the Virginia Tech community as well as guests from our region. ALL are invited to participate at NO COST.