SC State ‘MISTERS’ Shine at National Conference

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SC State ‘MISTERS’ Shine at National ConferenceORANGEBURG, S.C. – MISTERS from the SC State University cohort of the Call Me MISTER program, along with the program director, Dr. Rashad Anderson, shined as presenters during the 2018 National A Dream Deferred Conference in Houston, Texas. Organized by the College Board, the conference convened on March 18-20.

Since its launch in 2005, the A Dream Deferred Conference has gathered professionals from around the nation to explore and address the state of college readiness for African American students. The conference aims to provide a forum for sharing best practices, research and key data to drive measurable actions that ensure access and opportunities for students of color.

Notable presenters of this year’s conference included Tim King, founder, president and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, Bakari Sellers, CNN political commentator and Michael D. Smith, director of Youth Opportunity Programs, Obama Foundation.

During the conference, Anderson and SC State MISTERS, Samuel Murray, Andrew Bratton, Cornelius Blanding and Daniel Benjamin, presented two sessions entitled, “Educating Black Males for a Future in the Classroom” and “What’s Up with All the Black Boys Sitting in the Principal’s Office.”

“This conference offered a prestigious showcase of best practices in education for students of color on a national platform. It was indeed an honor to be selected as presenters for not just one, but two plenary sessions! The MISTERS did a phenomenal job and certainly garnered positive exposure and credibility on a national level, for both the Call Me MISTER program and SC State University,” Anderson said.

“Presenting at this conference was a monumental experience. Not only was this my first time traveling so far away from South Carolina, but to be able to present to hundreds of people was a powerful experience that offered insight that you cannot get while simply sitting in the classroom. I will use this experience to inspire my future students to dream big. You never know where life can lead you,” said Samuel Murray, cohort president.

The Call Me MISTER program is designed to provide a pipeline of African-American male teachers, mentors and role models to South Carolina’s public schools and communities.

For more information about the Call Me MISTER program, please contact Dr. Rashad Anderson at (803) 536-8490 or