Fullerton College President Dr. Greg Schulz has been named a leader and advocate for African American males and will be recognized with the Educational Leadership Award by the African American Male Education Network & Development (A²MEND).
The A²MEND Educational Leadership Award recognizes advocacy, mentorship, and support for increasing the success of African American males in both community colleges and beyond.
“Your leadership and fortitude in fostering institutional change within the community college system to improve the success of students, and in particularly African American males deserves recognition, and we’d like to thank you for the inspiring work that you do,” said Murrell Green, A²MEND scholarship dinner coordinator.
Schulz will be honored at A²MEND’s annual conference and Scholarship Awards Dinner on March 5 at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive such a distinguished award,” Schulz said. “I’m also grateful for the leadership of A²MEND as they have helped to make the success of African American males a priority throughout our community college system. I am proud to work with A²MEND as we lift up the next generation of leaders.”
According to recent data, Fullerton College is home to almost 1,200 African American students annually and the college has many support systems in place such as the Umoja Program which provides counseling, mentorship, and resources specifically designed to increase the academic success, retention, degree completion, and transfer rates of African Americans and other students enrolled at Fullerton College. In addition, in July 2019 Fullerton College opened an A²MEND Charter – a student support structure that seeks to establish an affirming environment where African American male students and other men of color are able to thrive.
“I’m proud of the African American men on our campus who demonstrate a great deal of passion, courage, and a strong commitment to their educational goals,” Schulz added.
A²MEND is comprised of African American male educators who utilize scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system to increase success of African American male students. In response to the lack of educational success of African American male students in California Community Colleges, A²MEND in 2008 organized its first annual African American Male Summit, which brought together administrators, faculty, staff, students, and advocates from across the country to address the administrative and instructional strategies that have an impact on the success of African American male students; the work continues today.
A²MEND’s Scholarship Awards Dinner is a fundraiser which helps support African American male college students who are participating in the A²MEND student mentoring program. To learn more visit www.a2mend.org