Associate Professor, Dr. Brandon Jackson from Purdue University will be presenting on "A Degree in Brotherhood: How Social Support Matters for Black Men in College and Beyond."
Abstract: "Young black men in the early part of the 21st century are transitioning into adulthood during uncertain times. In this talk, Dr. Jackson discusses how a college group of black men developed a social support system that they labeled as ‘brotherhood’ to navigate their young adult years. As part of their brotherhood, the men were able to receive social, emotional, and practical support from one another during college. And much like the four-year degrees they left college with, the men were able to benefit after college from the brotherhood they invested in as students."
Bio: "Dr. Brandon A. Jackson is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. In his research, he examines race and emotion culture within organizations. This work has won awardsfrom the Association of Black Sociologists and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and has appeared in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Sociological Inquiry, Symbolic Interaction, and the DuBois Review. He is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled “Brotherhood University: Black Men’s Friendships and the Transition to Adulthood,” (under contract with Rutgers University Press). Born and raised in Texas, he received his B.A. in sociology from Southern Methodist University, and his Ph.D."