SC State Call Me MISTER Cohort Presents at State, National Conferences

Friday, March 29, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The SC State University cohort of the Call Me MISTER program, along with its campus Director, Dr. Rashad Anderson, and assistant campus Director, Lemanuel Chandler, have led plenary sessions at two national conferences and one state conference this semester. Most recently, the MISTERs traveled to the 2019 National Dream Deferred Conference in Los Angeles, California, and led the featured plenary session for the conference. Organized by the College Board, the conference convened March 13-15.

Call Me Mister College Board ConferenceSince its launch in 2005, the Dream Deferred Conference has gathered thousands of professionals from across the United States to focus on best practices, key data and research to drive measurable actions to ensure access to opportunities for students of color.

During the conference, SC State cohort leaders, along with MISTERs, Samuel Murray, Andrew Bratton, Zachary Felder, Trasean Tolen and Jamal Ferrell, presented the session, "Doing Something About it! A Guide to Building a High Impact, School-Based Mentoring Program-The MISTER Way!"

The cohort also presented at the South Carolina Association for Black School Educators 2019 Winter Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the National Educator Exchange Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

“I am particularly proud of the cohort this semester! Presenting at these local and national conferences has provided the Call Me MISTER Program and SC State University exposure on a major platform. I know these experiences certainly provide the MISTERs with experience and networking opportunities that they would not receive from just sitting in a classroom,” Anderson said.

“I have learned so much from the opportunity- to not only attend but present at these various conferences this year. I’m from Orangeburg, and I never would have imagined that I would one day be in Los Angeles in an auditorium full of professionals leading a session. I know these experiences will definitely help me once I enter the teaching profession,” said Zachary Felder, a freshman and member of the Call Me MISTER program.

The Call Me MISTER program is designed to provide a pipeline for African American male teachers, mentors and role models to serve in 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