Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, recently began a statewide listening tour of best practices related to student success. He stopped by Southside Virginia Community College on September 13, 2016 to learn more about one of the college’s successful programs as well as facilitate a discussion around barriers to student success within the community college system.
The SVCC presentation featured students from the Make It Happen (MIH) program who participated in internships and research projects at Hampton University during the summer. This MIH program began in the fall of 1998 in an effort to enhance the academic success of African-American males at the college. This comprehensive program provides meaningful activities for participants and establishes an institutional climate of support.
The students presented information about the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative. They participated in this program to promote and deliver the highest quality of research, education, training, and outreach to combat and eliminate health disparities affecting minority men in several areas. These areas of research included cancer, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity, and melanoma in Hispanics by, transforming cultural lifestyles resulting in healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy communities of minority men and ultimately all Americans.
The MIH participants who presented during the Chancellor’s visit were Andre Harrell of Brunswick, Kaleb Greene of Brodnax, Anquinni Lee of Nottoway and Jarius Miller of Prince George.
The Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System recently visited Southside Virginia Community College in order to learn more about programs that enhance student success. At SVCC, he heard about the Make It Happen (MIH) Program that benefits African-American Males in their successful pursuit of higher education. Those participating in the event are (Left to Right) Shauna Davis, Executive Director of VCCS Student Success Center, Dr. John Hicks, SVCC MIH Advisor, Andre Harrell, MIH student, Sharon Morrissey, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research, Kaleb Greene, MIH student, Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor, Anquinnie Lee, MIH student, LaFreda Ogburn, SVCC Local Board member, Jarius Miller, MIH student, Van Wilson, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Anne Hayes, SVCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.