Increasing the Retention and Achievement of African-American College Males

Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D.

October 24, 2011


Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Negro Education. Senior Research Analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Southern University's Young Researcher of the Year. Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University. Ivory Toldson has earned all of these titles since earning his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. While working as a psychology resident at the United States Penitentiary, he wrote a dissertation on black men in the criminal justice system. Then, after joining the faculty of Southern University, he won the prestigious DuBois Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Justice and directed the Manhood Training Village, a group home for teenage boys who were in state custody. He has also received the Research Award and the International Counseling Award from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

In this video, Dr. Toldson shares his insights about African-American male students from first-hand experience and intensive research. Featured in a wide range of media, from NPR News and XM Satellite Radio to the and, Dr. Toldson has become, according to Howard's Quest Magazine, "a much sought-after lecturer and researcher on a number of serious sociological and psychological issues that have implications for African Americans." He has provided expert opinions for documentaries about African-American male achievement, including Beyond the Bricks, Hoodwinked, and the Promise Tracker. Hailed as a "myth buster," he has also challenged popular media and research that promote negative statistics and stereotypes about African Americans. The author of the Breaking Barrier Series, he has analyzed national survey data from more than 10,000 Black students and advised numerous schools about strategies to improve Black males' academic achievement. In short, he is a national expert on the education of African-American males.

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